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Weaponizing of Biology : Bioterrorism, Biocrime and Biohacking (Paperback) (Marc E. Vargo)

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Vargo, an author of nonfiction books and articles, examines the history of biological aggression and the categories of bioterrorism, biocrime, and biohacking. He discusses the main concepts and features of bio-aggression, including the history of biological warfare from its practice by Chinese warriors 5,000 years ago through its use in the Middle Ages and Renaissance and its manifestation in the modern era, including the attempt to deploy a virus to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, advances in state-operate biowarfare programs of Germany, Japan, the former Soviet Union, and the US in the 20th century, and non-state bioterrorism in the present day, including the al-Qaeda network. He addresses ideologies that characterize terrorist organizations, their motives and goals, and their use of biocrime; biohacking and the origin and development of the DIYbio movement, in which people conduct biological or bioengineering experiments in home and other settings; specific pathogens and toxins, such as anthrax, botulism, plague, tularemia, Q fever, salmonellosis, Ebola, Marburg Virus Diseases, smallpox, and their dissemination; and specific cases: physician Debora Green and her efforts to use a lethal plant toxin as a weapon, bioterrorism attacks orchestrated by extremist religious sects in the US and Japan, and the anthrax attack after 9/11. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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