The Next Super Weapon Could Be Biological

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Peter Apps wrote for Reuters on whether the next super weapon could be biological:

With the threat of chemical weapons in Syria and nuclear arms in North Korea, the risk of biological weapons has largely dropped off the international agenda. But evolving technologies and genetic engineering may open the door to new dangers.
Other than the “anthrax in the mail” attacks that followed 9/11, killing five people, there have been few serious attempts at biological attacks in recent years. Most global powers scaled back their biological weapons research in the 1970s, partly because of the difficulties of getting fragile bacteria and viruses to survive being dropped in bombs or missiles, or even sprayed.

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Peter Apps is a Future of War fellow at New America. He is a Reuters global affairs columnist. He reported from southern Africa then South Asia before stints in London and Washington D.C. covering emerging markets, global political risk, and defense issues.