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Duodecim. 2012;128(3):283-9.

[New challenges in the biological weapons convention].

[Article in Finnish]

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  • 1Biologisten uhkien osaamiskeskus ja Terveyden ja hyvinvoinnin laitos.


Microbes and their toxins are biological weapons that can cause disease in humans, animals or plants, and which can be used with hostile intent in warfare and terrorism. Biological agents can be used as weapons of mass destruction and therefore, immense human and social and major economical damage can be caused. Rapid development of life sciences and technologies during the recent decades has posed new challenges to the Biological Weapons Convention. The Convention states that the States Parties to the BWC strive to ensure that the Convention remains relevant and effective, despite changes in science, technology or politics.

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