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Report For Defense Department Ranks Top Threats From ‘Synthetic Biology’

Modern tools of biology could allow someone to recreate a dangerous virus, such as smallpox, from scratch.

A committee of experts examined about a dozen different synthetic biology technologies that could be potentially misused. For each, they considered how likely it was to be usable as a weapon.

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