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The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC), which prohibits the acquisition of biological materials for hostile purposes and armed conflict, entered into force in 1975 and now has the participation of 140 nations (158 nations have signed the BWC, but only 140 of these have also...
During the past 8 years, the US Congress has developed a comprehensive legal framework to prevent the illegitimate use of toxins and infectious agents. As part of this framework, Congress has defined as a federal crime virtually every step in the process of developing or acquiring a...
In response to the growing threat of terrorism with chemical and biological weapons, the US government has developed a national concept of operations for emergency health and medical services response. This capability was developed and tested for the first time during the Atlanta Olympic...
As we approach the 21st century, there is increased worldwide concern about disease, whether natural or deliberate, in humans, animals, and plants. There are 2 driving forces for multilateral biological control regimes: international/ national security and environmental protection. With...
LAST spring, mail-room workers at the Washington, DC, headquarters of the B'nai B'rith Jewish service organization discovered a leaking package. The contents: a broken petri dish, its label indicating that it harbored deadly anthrax bacteria.
In the wake of this discovery, more...
PHYSICIANS Against Land Mines (PALM)—a not-for-profit organization of health care professionals and other self-defined "people of conscience"—is establishing a center for the prevention and treatment of land-mine injuries.
Land mines are deployed in more than 60 countries around...
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