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The The Role of Biotechnology in Countering BTW Agents : The Role of Biotechnology in Countering BTW Agents Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop Held in Prague, Czech Republic, 21-23 October, 1998 - Alexander Kelle

The The Role of Biotechnology in Countering BTW Agents

The Role of Biotechnology in Countering BTW Agents Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop Held in Prague, Czech Republic, 21-23 October, 1998

By: Alexander Kelle (Editor), Malcolm R. Dando (Editor), Kathryn Nixdorff (Editor)

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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.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Biotechnology in Countering Biological and Toxin Weapons: An Overview
Political and Economic Dimensions of Countering BTW Agents and Strengthening the BTW Control Regime
Dealing With a Headache: Three Scenarios and Two Dilemmas
Countering Biological Warfare: An Overview
Lessons of the Chemical Weapons Convention for the BTWC Protocol
Biotechnology and the Strengthening of the BTWC: The View from West European Industry
Strengthening the BTWC through R&D Restructuring: The case of the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology `VECTOR'
Dissolution of the Sovjet Union, Introduction of a Market Economy and the Future BTWC Compliance Protocol: Impact on the Russian Biotechnology Industry
Biotechnology in BTW Agent Detection: Underlying Technologies
The Potential of Different Biotechnology Methods in BTW Agent Detection
Antibody Based Methods
The Potential of Different Biotechnology Methods in BTW Agent Detection
DNA Methods: Gene Probes
The Role of Biotechnology in BTW Agent Detection
DNA Methods: Polymerase Chain Reaction
Detection of Biological Agents and Biosensor Design
Biotechnology and BTW Agent Detection in Different Environments. Detecting BTW Agents on the Battlefield
Detecting Biological Terrorism
Evaluating the Technologies
Detecting Biological and Toxin Weapon Agents in an Inspection Environment
The Role of Biotechnology in the Pre-Exposure Treatment of BTW Agents
Possibilities and Limitations of Vaccination
The Development of an Oral Vaccine Against Anthrax
Vaccine Production
The Role of Biotechnology in Diagnosis and Identification of BTW Agents
The Role of Biotechnology in Protection against BTW Agents - Overview from a Medical Point of View and Identification of the Symptoms
Medical Countermeasures to Biological Warfare Agents
The Role of Biotechnology in Protection Against BTW Agents: Post-Exposure Treatment
Treatment of Mass Casualties under Worst Case Assumptions
The Post Exposure Prophylactic Measures Against Viral BTW Agents
Search of Biotechnology-based Decontaminants for C/BW Agents
The Impact of Biotechnology on Politico-Military and Normative Efforts to Counter BTW Agents
Biotechnology and Politico-Military Responses to BTW Agents
Biotechnology and the Development of Norms Against BTW Agents
Index
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ISBN: 9780792369066
ISBN-10: 0792369068
Series: NATO Science Partnership Subseries: 1
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 31st March 2001
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52