biological agent


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biological agent

[¦bī·ə¦läj·ə·kəl ′ā·jənt]
(ordnance)
Any of the viruses, microorganisms, and toxic substances derived from living organisms and used as offensive weapons to produce death or disease in humans, animals, and growing plants.
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Fear that a terrorist group might use biological agents that could inflict mass casualties, such as anthrax, is at the heart of the concern about bioterrorism.
Cellomics is working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on a benchtop system for cell analysis using Cellomics' fluorescence-based High Content Screening technology for the detection and identification of both chemical and biological agents.
The draft report, An Introduction to Biological Agent Equipment for Emergency First Responders, is on SM Online.
It offers advanced integrated security solutions for customers in civil and military markets worldwide and is a leading technology developer and manufacturer of sensors that detect and identify explosives, chemical and biological agents, weapons, and contraband.
The M1R Analyzer provided the NRF with the capability of rapidly conducting tests for biological agents on air, soil, water and food samples.
However, awareness of an attack implies that the biological agent is likely to be detected once the first exposed persons become ill and a diagnosis is made.
Historically, biological agents developed and used for warfare have been those that are likely to cause death in a high proportion of persons exposed.
Networked or operated as a stand-alone point detection system, the 4WARN Sentry enables Homeland Security and "first responder" agencies to defend against, and manage the consequences of, terrorist use of biological agents.
propaganda use of biological agents in Korea and Manchuria [8,9]) and would reduce the credibility of fraudulent investigations controlled by the accuser.
Additionally, IGEN recently reported that the Swedish Defense Research Agency became the first European government to acquire the Company's biological agent detection products for use as part of a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Response Team.
For example, if a bioterrorist threat is issued--perhaps someone claims to have released a deadly pathogen in a public place--physicians must be able to recognize and report cases that come to attention in emergency rooms and doctors' offices; public health officials must be able to conduct investigations to establish the likely site/time of exposure, the size and location of the exposed population, and the prospects for secondary transmission; and appropriately traned laboratory personnel must be available to identify the biological agent.
These products are based on the IGEN's proprietary ORIGEN technology and were selected based on their significant improvement over traditional laboratory methods, including greater sensitivity, ease of use and the ability to detect select biological agents within 30 minutes.

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