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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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The event will feature sessions on the discovery and production of biological agents, their role in bone diseases, cancer, organ transplant, inflammatory bowel diseases, dermatology, neurology and asthma.
Contract award: database typing characters biological agents ebnl - (european biodefence laboratory network).
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He added that Syria could potentially launch biological agents with conventional weapons.
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to develop technologies to protect public health and the environment following potential accidents or intentional attacks involving chemical and biological agents.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is developing two major initiatives to provide early detection and warning of biological threats: the National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC), a center for integrating and coordinating information on biological events of national significance, and the BioWatch program that operates systems used to test the air for biological agents.
This handbook is intended to aid first responders dealing with industrial waste materials and military chemical and biological agents and toxin agents, as well as nontraditional agents and industrial materials which could be used as agents.
The biological tests use a harmless spore that has the same hardiness characteristics as biological agents such as anthrax.
This article provides pertinent information including (a) a description of bioterrorism and biological agents, (b) the psychological impact of bioterrorism, (c) school counselors' role in a school-related incident, and (d) disaster mental health principles and procedures.
The machine runs the same tests that molecular biologists would carry out in a laboratory to pinpoint biological agents, providing information that is required before definitive public-health action can be taken.

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