The Weaponizing of Biology: Bioterrorism, Biocrime and Biohacking

The Weaponizing of Biology: Bioterrorism, Biocrime and Biohacking

by Marc E. Vargo

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Focusing on three forms of biological threat--bioterrorism, biocrime and biohacking--the author examines the history of biowarfare and terrorism. Groups drawn to biological aggression are discussed, along with the array of viruses, bacteria and toxins they might use in their attacks. The phenomenon of biocrime--biological aggression targeting individuals for personal rather than ideological reasons--is explored, along with the growing trend of biohacking. Part II presents case studies of bioterrorism and biocrime from the United States and Japan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476629339
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/11/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 252
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Marc E. Vargo is the author of eight nonfiction books and numerous articles in professional journals. He lives on New Orleans’ Northshore.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part One—Concepts
1. From Ancient China to ­al-Qaeda: A Brief History of Biological Warfare 5
2. Bioterrorism and Biocrime: Ideologies, Motives and Objectives 30
3. Biohacking: Citizen Science and Societal Risk 52
4. Pathogens, Toxins and Their Weaponization: Science Subverted 70
Part Two—Cases
5. Bad Medicine: Biocrime in the Healthcare Professions 93
6. The Oregon Conspiracy: Salad Bars, Salmonella and the Orange People Sect 115
7. Tokyo Under Siege: The Aum Shinrikyo Biochemical Attacks 140
8. Lethal Letters: September 11th and the Anthrax Enigma 165
Chapter Notes 213
Bibliography 221
Index 237

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