bio·​war·​fare | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈwȯr-ˌfer How to pronounce biowarfare (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Researchers determined that the SARS-CoV-2 virus emerged from horseshoe bats rather than a biowarfare lab, and generally agreed that pangolins, rather than snakes, were the likely intermediary carriers, although some support was voiced for turtles. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 25 May 2020 These are core military functions, particularly in terms of biowarfare and biodefense. James Stavridis, Time, "Navy Hospital Ships Will Be Used in the Fight Against COVID-19. But There's Much More the Military Can Do in This Crisis," 23 Mar. 2020 Nevertheless, in the nineteen-nineties, American policymakers began to grow increasingly worried about biowarfare. Elisabeth Eaves, The New Yorker, "The Risks of Building Too Many Bio Labs," 18 Mar. 2020 But the modern era of biowarfare didn’t begin until the late nineteenth century, when scientists came to understand that microbes cause disease. Elisabeth Eaves, The New Yorker, "The Risks of Building Too Many Bio Labs," 18 Mar. 2020 The biowarfare resistance touted in the Model X SUV was weird enough—though probably more useful in some cases—but this is a pretty dystopian flex, to be honest. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, "9 Things You Need To Know About Tesla's Incredibly Weird and Possibly Genius Cybertruck," 22 Nov. 2019 Gottlieb, an enthusiast for biowarfare (though also a kind of proto-hippie who apparently made his own goat’s-milk yogurt), was eager to manufacture mind-manipulating toxins. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Are Spies More Trouble Than They’re Worth?," 26 Aug. 2019 The book alleges biowarfare research involving ticks took place at Fort Detrick, Maryland, and Plum Island, New York—both areas where CDC maps note the disease is very prevalent, but the CDC itself does not have an opinion on the allegation. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "So...Did the Pentagon Use Ticks for Biological Warfare?," 17 July 2019 That ban was enacted in 1972, amid advances in bioweaponry research and growing awareness of the risks of biowarfare. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Death by algorithm: the age of killer robots is closer than you think," 21 June 2019

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Biowarfare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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