Jump to search Jump to main navigation Jump to main content Jump to footer navigation

Global Security Newswire

Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues

Produced by
NationalJournal logo

Pentagon-Funded Research Could Bolster Bioweapon Scanner Tech

Findings published earlier this week could lay the groundwork for advancements in portable biological-weapon scanner technology, the Journal of Visualized Experiments announced (see GSN, May 16).

The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency financed the studies; they include an examination of steps for setting apart organic molecules without reliance on analytical facilities or electric power.

"This is a hand-held electricity-free device which can be used in the field by the war-fighter, in conjunction with their detection platforms," said David Pawlowski, a scientist with the State University of New York (Buffalo).

The procedure would "be useful for detection of typical biological warfare agents," said Pawlowski, who oversaw the project with fellow researcher Richard Karalus (Journal of Visualized Experiments, May 14).

Note to our Readers

GSN ceased publication on July 31, 2014. Its articles and daily issues will remain archived and available on NTI’s website.

Country Profile

Flag of United States

United States

This article provides an overview of the United States’ historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.

Learn More →