Biological Weapons: The Next Big Threat

Experts fear the risk of bio-attacks is rising around the world. Yet budget cuts may soon shut down the U.S.’s only government lab devoted to studying bioweapons.

2 decades ago, the Japanese Aum Shinrikyo cult, which terrorized Tokyo with toxic nerve gas in 1995, had to build a large facility to create its toxins. Today, biological weapons could more easily be made at home.

“Imagine that the Unabomber was a biologist and not a mathematician. Instead of making pipe bombs, he’d make pathogens,” says former U.S. Navy secretary Richard Danzig. “I think we’re a step away from those concerns.”

Source: Foreign Policy

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