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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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It seems increasingly likely that some terrorist group will become capable of using biological agents to cause massive casualties.
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.
Other sections of the guide address challenges to biological agent detection, detection system components, detection technologies, and preparation for a biological incident.
Growing and working with biological agents within an Army-supported research facility not only draws the nation closer to using those agents as weapons, but also leads other countries to suspect the United States is performing offensive research, they argue.
It contains no provision for verification and allows for work on biological agents for "protective or other peaceful purposes.
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.
This article reviews the activity of humoral immunity against several biological agents, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of an antibody-based defense strategy, and proposes stockpiling specific antibodies for use in the event of biological attacks.
Historically, biological agents developed and used for warfare have been those that are likely to cause death in a high proportion of persons exposed.
The two organizations seek develop nanotechnology-based systems for chemical and biological agent detection, identification, and neutralization.
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.

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