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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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Few terrorists have demonstrated real interest in bioterrorism, and fewer still have made an attempt to acquire biological agents.
The 6th Transportation & Transfer of Biologics & Biological Agents will feature three pre-conference workshops, Roundtable discussions, case studies and panel discussions, including featured panel discussion, Simplifying the Global Import/Export of Biologics in Emerging Markets.
The Homeland Security Department previously modified air pollution monitoring equipment in the 30 cities to pick up any harmful biological agents and provide test results in 12 to 24 hours, The Associated Press reported.
The author covers poisons such as nerve, blood, blister, and choking gases and biological agents such as anthrax, typhus, and cholera.
The various ways biological agents can be used as weapons and the potential routes of exposure were discussed as prelude to the medical effects of these agents and their effects on the health-care system.
Bolton himself noted that President Clinton's Defense Secretary William Cohen in 1998 had publicly expressed concern for "Cuba's potential to develop and produce biological agents, given its biological infrastructure.
The large infusion of monies into research related to biological agents is expected to result in advancements in basic research as well as new technologies.
One significant hurdle to detection systems is that biological agents present more complex molecular structures than do chemical agents, so while ion mobile spectrometry works well for chemicals, "it cannot detect or discriminate biological agents in its present form," according to the draft report.
The prospect of secondary spread must be considered with many biological agents and should be planned for.
However, it "does not preclude research into those offtensive aspects of biological agents necessary to determine what defensive measures are required," according to a 1969 statement issued by then-National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger.
Unlike some chemicals, biological agents cannot easily be separated from a natural habitat; it may be impossible to detect their presence until after widespread infection has occurred.
Smiths Detection, part of the global technology business Smiths Group, today announced the launch of SmartBio[TM] Sensor (SBS), a real-time detector for biological agents or airborne toxins.

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