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Artificially-lethal-bacteria lab research uses genetic engineering techniques

From the Sunshine Project.org, where it is titled “Genetic engineering is regularly used to produce lethal bacteria“. In a comment on a previous post, reader “Tal” wondered whether there might have been a connection between Germany’s recent decision to phase out its nuclear power plants and the seemingly random appearance what was first called a lethal strain of E.coli. From this article it certainly sounds like it’s technically possible to make these kind of things in a lab:

It sounds like science fiction, but it is a deadly reality: lethal microbes, with no cure, invisible to detection systems, and able to overcome vaccines. In ‘defensive’ programs, researchers in the USA, UK, Russia and Germany have genetically engineered biological weapons agents, building new deadly strains. And this is probably only the tip of the iceberg.

Genetic engineering can be used to broaden the classical bioweapons arsenal. Through genetic engineering, bacteria can not only be made resistant to antibiotics or vaccines, they can also be made even more toxic, harder to detect, or more stable in the environment. By using genetic methods that are standard procedures in thousands of labs worldwide, bioweapons can be made more virulent, easier to handle, and harder to fight. In short, more effective. Continue reading

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