Bioterrorism: Fear accidents more than attacks
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Would-be bioterrorists are more likely to cause accidental outbreaks than planned ones. Governments should refocus their budgets accordingly.
Rebecca L. Brown
Check out my article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists! Bioterrorism: Fear accidents more than attacks -
Thoughts of a bioweapon terrorist attack are rightly concerning, but the more likely danger comes from unintended exposure during their attempted creation.
nice piece, with good takeaway: "terrorists are more likely to cause a local epidemic by accident than to succeed in launching a sophisticated biological attack" so need to invest in public health
, is perceptive and entirely consistent with my knowledge and experience. Doing good with biology is hard enough; nefarious activity is even harder because you have to do it without help and keep it quiet. #biosecurity #bioterrorism
"In 2009...the 1st deadly sign that terrorists pursuing biological weapons are more likely to unleash a local outbreak than a biological attack...Al Qaeda jihadis in an Algeria-based cell, who may have been experimenting w/ bioweapons, all died of plague."