Title

The History and Science of CBRNE Agents, Part 1

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2007

Department

Medical Technology

Abstract

Various unconventional forms of warfare have existed throughout history and include intentional contamination, poisoning, and delivery of a variety of weapons-virulent microorganisms, deadly toxins, and high-yield explosives, including atomic weapons, Such weapons have been studied and utilized on the battlefield, in political struggles, and interrorist activities for centuries. Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) substances assumed a new prominence in the public consciousness following recent terror attacks. These agents pose a public health risk; thus, scientific profesionals, including biochemists, should understand the history of CBRNE agents, their potential for harm, and the technologies-both common and advanced-used when handling a suspect CBRNE incident.

Publication Title

The Chemist

Volume

84

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

18

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