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By Harald Müller (auth.), Alexander Kelle, Malcolm R. Dando, Kathryn Nixdorff (eds.)

Biotechnology is key to counter organic and toxin guns. with no biotechnology, the detection, identity and diagnoses of, and scientific countermeasures to such guns will be almost very unlikely. As organic and toxin brokers ensue in usual outbreaks of sickness or intoxications, there are either civil and armed forces profit on hand from using biotechnology in offering potent countermeasures to such brokers.
The function of biotechnology in countering organic and toxin guns is right here addressed lower than seven significant headings:

  • the broader political and fiscal contexts;
  • allowing applied sciences for BTW agent detection;
  • The applicability of biotechnological equipment for BTW agent detection at the battlefield, in a terrorist incident, and in an inspection atmosphere;
  • Pre-exposure scientific countermeasures;
  • prognosis and id;
  • Post-exposure remedy and decontamination;
  • Contribution of biotechnology to strengthening overseas conventions opposed to BTW agents.

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The prohibition of use is not specifically addressed in the body of the BTWC although the Preamble, in stating that "Determined, for the sake of all mankind, to exclude completely the possibility of bacteriological (biological) agents and toxins being used as weapons", makes it clear that the intent is to prohibit use. This intent to prohibit use was reinforced at the Fourth Review Conference by language stating that: "The Conference reaffirms that the use by the States Parties, in any way and under any circumstances, of microbial or other biological agents or toxins, that is not consistent with prophylactic, protective or other peaceful purposes, is effectively a violation of Article I of the Convention.

Gov. htm I 28. Office of the Press Secretary (1998) Remarks by the President at the United States Naval Academy Commencement, The White House, 22 May. gov 29. Tony Lloyd (1998) Time to Accept the Realities of the Control ofBiological Weapons, Address to the Ad Hoc Group, Geneva, 22 June. 30. United States - China Joint Presidential Statement (1998) Joint Statement on Biological Weapons Convention, Beijing, 27 June. htm 31. 296, 10 July. 32. United Nations (1998) Working Paper submitted by Australia, Declaration of the Informal Ministerial Working Meeting on the Negotiation towards Conclusion of the Protocol to Strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention, BWC/AD HOC GROUP/WP.

Emphasis added] [39] It is thus clear that all developments in biotechnology are indeed embraced by the prohibition in Article I of the BTWC. The prohibition of use is not specifically addressed in the body of the BTWC although the Preamble, in stating that "Determined, for the sake of all mankind, to exclude completely the possibility of bacteriological (biological) agents and toxins being used as weapons", makes it clear that the intent is to prohibit use. This intent to prohibit use was reinforced at the Fourth Review Conference by language stating that: "The Conference reaffirms that the use by the States Parties, in any way and under any circumstances, of microbial or other biological agents or toxins, that is not consistent with prophylactic, protective or other peaceful purposes, is effectively a violation of Article I of the Convention.

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