biological agent


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biological agent

A microorganism that causes disease in personnel, plants, or animals or causes the deterioration of materiel. See also biological operation; biological weapon; chemical agent.
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Noun1.biological agent - any bacterium or virus or toxin that could be used in biological warfarebiological agent - any bacterium or virus or toxin that could be used in biological warfare
agent - an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect; "their research uncovered new disease agents"
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Indeed, it is possible to identify about a dozen instances in which a terrorist group possessed, attempted to acquire, or threatened to use a biological agent.
The results will be fed into the database and will lead to the creation of certified methodologies for accurate typing of biological agents useful in case of need a) accurately identify biological agents or toxins;b) to differentiate their natural occurrence of intentional abuse in cases of abuse;c) help to identify the perpetrators of the attack or the threat caused by a biological agent or toxin in case of abuse.
0 million dollar prime contract by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) to develop an Instantaneous Biological Agent Detection System (IBADS).
Punishes by fine and/or up to 10 years imprisonment knowing possession of a biological agent, toxin, or delivery system of a type or in quantity not "reasonably justified" by a research or other "peaceful purpose.
Among the technologies at the forefront of biological agent detection, and those that the DOD has targeted for further development are mass spectrometry, biodetectors, and biochips.
Other sections of the guide address challenges to biological agent detection, detection system components, detection technologies, and preparation for a biological incident.
Mal Maginnis, President, Global Military and Emergency Responders for Smiths Detection, said: "SmartBio Sensor represents an advancement for real-time biological agent detection that can save lives not just by alerting the troops to the presence of a potentially lethal biological agent, but also by rapidly categorizing the threat type.
We expect to continue to expand our customer base as the demand for flexible, rapid biological agent detection technologies increases.
Preventing disease after exposure to a biological agent is partially a function of the immunity of the exposed individual.
Response to a threat that a population will be exposed to a biological agent requires a few basic preparations.
The two organizations seek develop nanotechnology-based systems for chemical and biological agent detection, identification, and neutralization.
17 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Canada today introduced the 4WARN Sentry, an advanced, portable, real-time biological agent detection system, at the 2003 Emergency Management Homeland Security Expo, 17- 19 November 2003, in Orlando, Fla.

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