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Old 11-17-2011, 01:44 PM   #1
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Bioterrorism threat seen in alien or invasive species
Published: Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Bioterrorism threat seen in alien or invasive species - UPI.com
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BOSTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- It's been the stuff of movies, science fiction and alarmist political rhetoric, but new scientific research shows an invasive species incompatible with a specific ecosystem could be deployed as unique biological weapons by terrorist individuals or organizations.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines invasive species as non-native to an ecosystem and likely to cause environmental, health or economic harm.

The department's recent actions included detection or removal of species alien to North American locations. Some species spread disease among bats; others such as weeds displace or destroy vegetation in natural habitats. More seriously for humans…
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