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Chapter: Biotechnology Applying the Genetic Revolution: Biowarfare and Bioterrorism

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Purified Toxins as Biowarfare Agents

Another approach to biological warfare is to use purified toxins rather than a living infectious agent.

PURIFIED TOXINS AS BIOWARFARE AGENTS

Another approach to biological warfare is to use purified toxins rather than a living infectious agent. A variety of toxins are known that may be purified in substantial quantities. Bacteria, pri mitive eukaryotes such as algae or fungi, higher plants, and animals all make toxins ( Table 23.2 ).




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