Advances in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures

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Ronald J. Kendall, Steven M. Presley, Galen P. Austin, Philip N. Smith
CRC Press, May 15, 2008 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Biological and chemical weapons are a growing terrorist threat to the United States and other nations and countermeasures continue to evolve as a national and global priority issue. To keep up with this rapidly changing and vital field we must establish the current state-of-the-science on countermeasures to form a platform from which to offer perspectives, policies, and procedures that will assist the United States and other nations to defend themselves from future threats.
An up-to-date assessment of the technologies and strategies for providing countermeasures to biological and chemical terrorism, Advances in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures integrates vastly disparate disciplines, calling on authors that are directly and currently involved in the research to present their own data as well as their educated opinions and advice. It draws heavily on the findings and conclusions from research conducted through the Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. National Program for Countermeasures to Biological and Chemical Threats, which is partially funded through the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command.
This book focuses on four general areas of research: modeling, simulation, and visualization; environmental protection; personal protection and therapeutics; and the mechanistic and toxic effects of weapons. Individual chapters discuss the relationship between risk and vulnerability, threat agent dispersal through the environment, threat agent sensor development, the use of phage display for detection and therapeutic intervention, and an overview of recognized threats and their toxic effects.
Heavily referenced, this science-based work is an excellent tool to assist military and homeland security personnel and first responders to improve their ability to develop and implement countermeasures to the potential biological and chemical threat agents that continue to emerge.
 

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Contents

Background History and Current Threats
1
Chapter 2 Threats and Vulnerabilities Associated with Biological and Chemical Terrorism
13
Chapter 3 Predicting and Characterizing Threat Transport
29
Chapter 4 Assessment Strategies for Environmental Protection from Chemical and Biological Threats
105
Chapter 5 Chemical Threat Agent Induced Latent Delayed Neurodegeneration
135
Chapter 6 Sensing Biological and Chemical Threat Agents
159
Chapter 7 Phage Display and Its Application for the Detection and Therapeutic Intervention of Biological Threat Agents
179
Chapter 8 Personnel Protective Fabric Technologies for Chemical Countermeasures
203
Chapter 9 Pathogenic and Toxic Effects of Select Biological Threat Agents
229
Chapter 10 Conclusions and Research Needs for the Future
243
Glossary
249
Index
259
Back cover
297
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