Boston subway system to be used to test new sensors for biological agents

Homeland Securitys Science & Technology Directorates Detect to Protect program will assess trigger and confirmer sensors designed to detect biological agents within minutes.

The idea that disease and infection might be used as weapons is truly dreadful, but there is plenty of evidence showing that biological weapons have been around since ancient times. Bioterrorism, as it is dubbed, is nothing new, and although medicines have made the world a safer place against a myriad of old scourges both natural and manmade, it still remains all too easy today to uncork a nasty cloud of germs.

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