Wars of the Future: Chemical and Biological Weapons

Donald Gerecke (Pharmacology and Toxicology)

In this semester we will examine potential weapons of biowarfare—including biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons—from several perspectives. Topics include their mechanism of action, biological impact, detection and recognition, epidemiology, and treatment. Using risk assessment and critical thinking, we will evaluate the potential dangers and effectiveness of using these types of weapons. We will also investigate strategies for defense against attacks, and the bioethical challenges of anti-bioterror research.