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Session five (a): Pandemics and Biology 
The misuse of biology 
Prof Les Baillie 
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical 
S...
My Views
Possible misuses 
•Targeting humans 
– Act of Terrorism 
• State sponsored 
• Radical group 
• Doomsday 
– Accidental 
• B...
Small scale anthrax attack 
Estimated clean up cost US$1 billion.
Consequences of a large scale anthrax attack 
• It is predicted that an attack against 
a city of 11.5 million inhabitants...
Steel the bug from a lab 
Stelle it !
Natural source
Once you have your 
bug what happens next ?
Set up a secret microbiology laboratory
?
An idiots guide to making pathogens 
There is no manual for how to live your life, and even if 
there were, with your luck...
Web Images Videos Maps News Shopping Gmail more Web History | Search settings | Sign in 
Microbiological Testing Sponsored...
Is this what the future holds?
Make your own organism-grow your own ! 
Chemical synthesis of Mycoplasma genitalium 
bacterial genome
How do you regulate biology ?
Professor Les Baillie
Professor Les Baillie
Professor Les Baillie
Professor Les Baillie
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Professor Les Baillie

  1. 1. Session five (a): Pandemics and Biology The misuse of biology Prof Les Baillie School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University Global Trends and Implications for British Security
  2. 2. My Views
  3. 3. Possible misuses •Targeting humans – Act of Terrorism • State sponsored • Radical group • Doomsday – Accidental • Break down in biosecurity • Unforeseen consequences -Creating new life forms ! •Targeting animals- FMD •Targeting crops – Rice, pollinators
  4. 4. Small scale anthrax attack Estimated clean up cost US$1 billion.
  5. 5. Consequences of a large scale anthrax attack • It is predicted that an attack against a city of 11.5 million inhabitants with 2.2 pounds of anthrax would results in 1.5 million infections. • If drugs were only administered once the first case had been diagnosed 123,000 of those infected would die. If antibiotics are given pre attack the number of deaths would be reduced to 50,000 Consequence of an attack against D.C. 100 000 dead, 125 000 infected Economic cost = $ 26 billion dollars (Kaufmann et al.,1997)
  6. 6. Steel the bug from a lab Stelle it !
  7. 7. Natural source
  8. 8. Once you have your bug what happens next ?
  9. 9. Set up a secret microbiology laboratory
  10. 10. ?
  11. 11. An idiots guide to making pathogens There is no manual for how to live your life, and even if there were, with your luck it would probably be in french !
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  13. 13. Is this what the future holds?
  14. 14. Make your own organism-grow your own ! Chemical synthesis of Mycoplasma genitalium bacterial genome
  15. 15. How do you regulate biology ?

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