Bioterrorism and Dual-Use Research (Biotechnology and Society)

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Event – Academic Biosecurity Workshop (Weds. Sept. 18, 8:00 am to Noon)

Required Reading

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  1. Error fetching PMID 16200127: [Riedel2004]
    General review of history of biowarfare and bioterrorism.
  2. Error fetching PMID 16819446: [Wimmer2006]
    Describes the chemical synthesis of polio virus and the implications for bioterrorism.
  3. Error fetching PMID 22723387: [Enserink2012]
    News & Views explaining the context and content of the airborne H5N1 virus study.
  4. Error fetching PMID 22723413: [Herfst2012]
    Main scientific paper demonstrating how specific mutations lead H5N1 to become airborne transmissible in ferrets.
All Medline abstracts: PubMed | HubMed

Additional Background

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  1. History of Bioterrorism (Texas Department of State Health Services) [TDSHS]
    More in-depth history and timelines than the assigned review.
  2. Error fetching PMID 22622550: [Maher2012]
    More discussion of the context of the publication of the airborne H5N1 research.
  3. American Anthrax Investigation Documents (FBI) [FBI]
    Report on the anthrax case where letters containing spores were sent to government officials after 9/11/2001.