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The Role of Biotechnology in Countering BTW Agents

  • Alexander Kelle
  • Malcolm R. Dando
  • Kathryn Nixdorff

Part of the NATO Science Series book series (ASDT, volume 34)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Political and Economic Dimensions of Countering BTW Agents and Strenghtening the BTW Control Regime

  3. Biotechnology in BTW Agent Detection: Underlying Technologies

  4. Biotechnology and BTW Agent Detection in Different Environments

    1. P. C. C. Henri Garrigue
      Pages 121-128
    2. Gary Eifried
      Pages 129-140
  5. The Role of Biotechnology in the Pre-Exposure Treatment of BTW Agents

    1. Kathryn Nixdorff
      Pages 161-183
    2. Netty D. Zegers, Eerenst Kluter, Hans van der Stap, Ernst van Dura, Philip van Dalen, Mike Shaw
      Pages 185-196
    3. Jack Melling
      Pages 197-214
  6. The Role of Biotechnology in Diagnosis and Identification of BTW Agents

  7. The Role of Biotechnology in Protection Against BTW Agents: Post-Exposure Treatment

About this book


Biotechnology is vital to counter biological and toxin weapons. Without biotechnology, the detection, identification and diagnoses of, and medical countermeasures to such weapons would be virtually impossible. As biological and toxin agents occur in natural outbreaks of disease or intoxications, there are both civil and military benefit to be had from the use of biotechnology in providing effective countermeasures to such agents.
The role of biotechnology in countering biological and toxin weapons is here addressed under seven major headings:
  • The wider political and economic contexts;
  • Enabling technologies for BTW agent detection;
  • The applicability of biotechnological methods for BTW agent detection on the battlefield, in a terrorist incident, and in an inspection environment;
  • Pre-exposure medical countermeasures;
  • Diagnosis and identification;
  • Post-exposure treatment and decontamination;
  • Contribution of biotechnology to strengthening international conventions against BTW agents.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Alexander Kelle
    • 1
  • Malcolm R. Dando
    • 2
  • Kathryn Nixdorff
    • 3
  1. 1.Peace Research Institute FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Department of Peace StudiesUniversity of BradfordBradfordUK
  3. 3.Institute for Microbiology and GeneticsTechnical University DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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