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Could Terrorists Hijack Your Brain?

Technology Review: An MIT Enterprise (Internet / Print) 02/01/06 http://www.technologyreview.com/BioTech/wtr_16221,306,p1.html Security experts need to prepare for a much broader spectrum of potential bioterror agents, according to a report released this week by the Washington, DC-based National Academies. Most bioweapons research has focused on traditional biological agents, such as anthrax and smallpox. But that focus is dangerously narrow, the report says; emerging technologies in biotechnology and the life sciences could be hijacked to take control of genes, immune systems, and even brains. "The threat is extremely broad, and it is increasingly global," says Stanley M. Lemon, cochair of the advisory committee and director of the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX.



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