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This new work offers a clear and thorough account of the threats posed by bioterrorism from the perspective of biologists. The authors examine thirteen disease-causing agents, including those responsible for anthrax, the plague, smallpox, influenza, and SARS. Each chapter considers a particular pathogen from the standpoint of its history, molecular biology, pathology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, weaponization, and defenses. The book also examines strategies for making vaccines and protecting the population in a bioterror attack.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews


Careful editing gives it uniformity and reflects an insightful approach to the subject matter... Highly recommended.


Careful editing gives it uniformity and reflects an insightful approach to the subject matter... Highly recommended.


An important, scholarly study.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231133463
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Zubay is professor of biology at Columbia University. He has published more than 150 research papers and several books, including Biochemistry; Genetics; and Origins of Life on the Earth and in the Cosmos.

Columbia University Press

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We might ask whether bioterrorism is something new or something recently conceived. The answer is that it is as old as recorded history... What distinguishes contemporary bioterrorism are the scientific advances that have been made in our understanding of how pathogens produce their toxins and how we can protect ourselves against them. On the one hand, this has also resulted in the discovery of a wide range of new bioweapons. On the other hand, this has resulted in the discovery of procedures for protecting against serious pathogens.

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Table of Contents

PrefaceList of Contributors

1. Terrorism and Fear: How to CopeGeoffrey Zubay

2. Viral Encephalitis (FlavivirusesSalwa Touma

3.Votulism (Clostridium botulinum)Rian Balfour

4. Tularemia (Francisella tularensis)James Hudspeth

5. Ebola VirusesRohit Puskoor and Geoffrey Zubay

6. Influenza VirusRian Balfour

7. HantavirusPayal Shah

8. Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis)Anuj Mehta

9. Sever Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)Joseph Patrick Ward and Maria E. Garrido

10. Plague (Yersinia pestis)Barbara Chubak

11. Smallpox (Variola Virus)Rohit Puskoor and Geoffrey Zubay

12. Cholera (Vibrio cholerae)Rohit Puskoor

13. SalmonellaKira Morser, Rohit Puskoor and Geoffrey Zubay

Appendix 1. Drug Discovery and Biodefense William Edstrom and Geoffrey Zubay

Appendix 2. The Search for VaccinesWilliam Edstrom

Appendix 3. Personal BiodefensesGeoffrey Zubay

Appendix 4. Information Resources on BioterrorismKathleen Kehoe


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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2010

    Great for Research!!!

    I used this book as a source for my paper on Bioweapons, and it was the best source I found. Zubay is clearly knowledgeable of both the science and the ethics that are involved in biological weapons. The layout is clear and easy to find sections that are relevant. Zubay covers everything from the make-up of the specific proteins in a virus to the history of the use of biological agents, to the prevention and defense techniques employed by the United States against Bioterrorism. If anyone needs a clear and rich resource for information about biological agents, this is definitely the book to choose!

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