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With weapons technologies advancing at a rapid rate, it is not surprising for the development of biological weapons to come about. Although these weaponized diseases have the potential to provide a greater defense for America, the technology has been greatly corrupted by terrorists. The act of terrorists using these biological weapons is appropriately named bioterrorism. They primarily use anthrax and small pox to instill insecurity within the population. Anthrax is used due to its life cycle that involves the production of long-living spores. This allows the biological agents to linger in the environment and further the spread throughout the population. Small pox on the other hand has proved to be a useful weapon because it is highly contagious. Clearly, small pox will be able to spread at a high rate, making it nearly uncontrollable in crowded cities (Dando). These deadly agents are easy to hide and transport, mostly in envelopes, making bioterrorism an extremely elusive form of attack. The diseases also have the ability to transmit from person to person and may not be recognized for weeks. This is due to the fact that symptoms for these diseases usually do not appear for several days after exposure (Bioterrorism). Some of these biological agents can be released into a public area through an aerosol cloud. The released agents are almost undetectable and would be invisible, odorless, and tasteless. This form of bioterrorism is nearly impossible to trace due to the effort needed to find the place where the spread began. It also cost a great deal of money to approach the problem because of the mass need for hospitalizations and vaccinations (Henderson). Bioterrorism is a looming threat that if left unattended, would lead to catastr... ... middle of paper ... ...n: GAO-02-235T." GAO Reports (2001): 1. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 22 May 2014. Choffnes, Eileen. "Bioweapons: NEW LABS, MORE TERROR?." Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists 58.5 (2002): 29. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 22 May 2014. Dando, Malcolm. "Biologists Napping While Work Militarized." Nature 460.7258 (2009): 950. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 22 May 2014. Henderson, Donald A. "The Looming Threat Of Bioterrorism." Science 283.5406 (1999): 1279-1282. Professional Development Collection. Web. 22 May 2014. Spake, AmandaBoyce, NellHawkins, DanaSchultz, StaceySobel, Rachel K. "Confusion In Spades." U.S. News & World Report 131.18 (2001): 42. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 22 May 2014. "Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Assessing U.S. Policy Tools For Combating Proliferation: GAO-02-226T." GAO Reports (2001): 1. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 22 May 2014.
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