Recent advances in biological weapons detection
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The events at the end of2001 have made the threat from biological weapons a critical issue and a matter for public concern and safety. The detection and identification of a biological weapon with a portable device in a rapid and sensitive manner could mean the difference between a localized outbreak or an epidemic or even a pandemic. A review of recent technological articles was conducted for an overview of advances in the field of biological weapon detection. Three main branches of research were covered: methods detecting DNA/RNA, antibody based methods, and cell or tissue based methods. Most of the researched methods show promise, and with increased attention to the issue possibly followed by increased funding, many of the devices can be further investigated or even become commercially available.