Biological agents

Paul Roffey

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Abstract

Bioterrorism is among the most feared of all crimes. This is understandable given that human history is peppered with descriptions of disease epidemics, which have killed millions of people at a time; plague and smallpox are probably the most notable of all epidemic causing agents. Not surprisingly, these organisms feature high on the list of potential biological agents that could be used for acts of bioterrorism and biocrime. This article examines a range of biological agents that may be used, the technologies available for the detection and identification of bioagents, and the science behind the forensic investigation of such crimes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science
EditorsA Jamieson, A.A Moenssens
Place of PublicationWest Sussex, UK
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Pages1-18
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780470061589
ISBN (Print)9780470018262
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Roffey, P. (2014). Biological agents. In A. Jamieson, & A. A. Moenssens (Eds.), Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science (pp. 1-18). West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons. https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470061589.fsa633.pub2