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Mariah Notes - The 1972 Biological and Toxin Weapons...

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The 1972 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention extended the ban to almost all production, storage and transport. However, the Soviet Union continued research and production of offensive biological weapons in a program called biopreparat , despite having signed the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention . The United States was unaware of the program until Dr. Kanatjan Alibekov , the first deputy director of biopreparat defected in 1992. It is, however, believed that since the signing of the convention the number of countries capable of producing such weapons has increased. Production: Ideal characteristics of biological weapons are high infectivity, high potency, availability of vaccines, and delivery as an aerosol. Diseases most likely to be considered for use as biological weapons are contenders because of their lethality (if delivered efficiently), and robustness (making aerosol delivery feasible). The biological agents used in biological weapons can often be manufactured quickly and
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2009 for the course PHYS 351 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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