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The scientific and production potential of IBI can also be brought to bear in the development and production of devices and equipment for combating bioterrorism.

It is clear that if terrorist acts involving the use of biological weapons are carried out successfully, it will remove the psychological barrier that currently keeps them from being used throughout the world, and especially against such countries as the United States and Russia, by various extremist and separatist organizations. For this reason, it is extremely appropriate and mutually beneficial that we should take joint steps aimed at creating a protection system that would, if not prevent the use of biological weapons, make the efforts of bioterrorists ineffective.

Taking into account U.S. successes in developing systems for detecting and identifying potential bioagents as well as the enduring potential of Russian scientists, such a joint project at the RAS Pushchino Science Center (including the capabilities available at the State Research Center for Applied Microbiology in Obolensk) could play a substantial role in the creation of an international system to provide protection against biological terrorism.



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