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Bioterrorism

Topics Covered:

Linkages between development and spread of extremism.

 

Bioterrorism

 

What to study?

For Prelims and Mains: What is it? Concerns and ways to address them.

 

Context: Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh says bio-terrorism among new threats facing Armed Forces Medical Services of SCO countries.

He called on them to find effective ways to deal with new threats posed by advancing battle field technologies.

 

What is bioterrorism?

A form of terrorism where there is the intentional release of biological agents (bacteria, viruses, or other germs). This is also referred to as germ warfare.

 

Concerns:

  1. In effect, biological warfare is using non-human life to disrupt — or end — human life. Because living organisms can be unpredictable and incredibly resilient, biological weapons are difficult to control, potentially devastating on a global scale, and prohibited globally under numerous treaties.
  2. The threat of bioterrorism is increasing as a result of the rise of technical capabilities, the rapid expansion of the global biotechnology industry, and the growth of loosely sophisticated networks of transnational terrorist groups that have expressed interest in bioterrorism.

 

Impact:

While a biological agent may injure or kill people, animals, or plants, the goal for the terrorist is to further their social and political goals by making their civilian targets feel as if their government cannot protect them.

 

Sources: pib.