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Technological advancements for the detection of and protection against biological and chemical warfare agents

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Abstract

There is a growing need for technological advancements to combat agents of chemical and biological warfare, particularly in the context of the deliberate use of a chemical and/or biological warfare agent by a terrorist organization. In this tutorial review, we describe methods that have been developed both for the specific detection of biological and chemical warfare agents in a field setting, as well as potential therapeutic approaches for treating exposure to these toxic species. In particular, nerve agents are described as a typical chemical warfare agent, and the two potent biothreat agents, anthrax and botulinum neurotoxin, are used as illustrative examples of potent weapons for which countermeasures are urgently needed.

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The article was received on 19 Oct 2006 and first published on 11 Jan 2007


Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/B615227A
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2007,36, 458-470

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    Technological advancements for the detection of and protection against biological and chemical warfare agents

    L. M. Eubanks, T. J. Dickerson and K. D. Janda, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2007, 36, 458
    DOI: 10.1039/B615227A

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