Electronic Journal of Biotechnology ISSN: 0717-3458
  © 1999 by Universidad Católica de Valparaíso -- Chile
Vol. 2 No. 3, Issue of December 15, 1999


Table 4 (c). Biodefence programmes - R & D areas

Type Features
Casualty Care
  • Programme depends on novel diagnostic non-invasive technologies coupled to rapid medical and surgical intervention in far forward battlefield areas thus reducing traumatic shock and speeding up containment of biowarfare agents through use of hand-held devices fitted up with ultrasonic imaging and remote telesurgical protocols

Tissue-based Biodefence
  • Uses functional biosensors providing assessments of dangers and risks to civilian and military personnel through detection of biowarfare agents in low concentrations through industrial-research projects such as:

    - vascularised tissue sensors for detection of generic toxins and pathogens

    - rapid sensitive detection system for biological agents of mass destruction


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