Detecting use of abnormal organisms as bioterror weapons – Homeland Security Newswire

The bombs sent from Yemen to the United States are a reminder that terrorist attacks are ongoing in many different forms.

West Virginia University is testing a new device to fight bio-terrorism. Their scientists are looking at bacteria in a whole new way so they can prepare for a whole new kind of threat.

“Unfortunately organisms have the potential to cause disease, but they can be altered to cause an unrecognized diseases or a process a process that we haven’t associated with that organism,” said John Thomas, Ph.D., professor of pathology and microbiology at WVU.