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Genetically Engineered Viruses Developed by US Government

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US Develops Lethal New Viruses

A scientist funded by the US government has deliberately created an extremely deadly form of mousepox, a relative of the smallpox virus, through genetic engineering.

The new virus kills all mice even if they have been given antiviral drugs as well as a vaccine that would normally protect them.

The work has not stopped there. The cowpox virus, which infects a range of animals including humans, has been genetically altered in a similar way.

British Medical Association Warns of Severe Threat from Biological Weapons

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'Act now on biological weapons'

Anthrax is one of the threats

The threat of biological weapons is real and needs to be tackled now, medical experts warn.

The British Medical Association says the window of opportunity to take action is shrinking fast.

It said the threat had intensified since it first published a report on biological weapons in 1999.

Five years on, the threat of weapons that could target specific ethnic groups is no longer theoretical and is approaching reality, says the report.

'Real threat'

Agricultural Biowarfare and Bioterrorism

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by Dr. Mark Wheelis
Section of Microbiology
University of California-Davis USA

This is one in a series of essays meant to stimulate and inform discussion of the subject. The author invites readers to correspond with him directly if they have comments or questions.

©2000 by
Dr. Mark Wheelis
Section of Microbiology
University of California
Davis, CA 95616 USA

Genetically Engineered Biological Warfare

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It sounds like science fiction, but it is a deadly reality: lethal microbes, with no cure,

invisible to detection systems, and able to overcome vaccines. In 'defensive' programs, researchers in the USA, UK, Russia and Germany have genetically engineered biological weapons agents, building new deadly strains. And this is probably only the tip of the iceberg.

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