Biological warfare (BW)—also known as germ warfare—is the use of biological toxins or infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, insects, and fungi with the intent to kill or incapacitate humans, animals or plants as an act of war.

The Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction was the first multilateral disarmament treaty banning the production of an entire category of weapons. Wikipedia The Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) is a legally binding treaty that outlaws biological arms. After being discussed and negotiated in the United Nations‘ disarmament forum starting in 1969, the BWC opened for signature on April 10, 1972, and entered into force on March 26, 1975. The text of the document is not availabe on the internet, but a list of 183 UN member states who signed and ratified as well acceded or succeeded. All great powers are on boat, if the system fails.
In 2001 Steven Block, a professor of biological sciences and applied physics at Stanford marked biological warfare as an emerging threat in the 21st century and the containment on the base of the convention from 1972 as ineffective. „Any technology that can be used to insert genes into DNA can be used for either good or bad.“

The Hudson Institute is a politically conservative, 501 non-profit American think tank based in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1961 in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, by futurist, military strategist, and systems theorist Herman Kahn and his colleagues at the RAND Corporation. Wikipedia

The Epoch Times is a multi-language newspaper and media extension of the Falun Gong new religious movement. The newspaper is part of the Epoch Media Group, which also operates New Tang Dynasty Television. For its articles, the publication draws from a network within China, as well as staff living in the West. Wikipedia

Progress in biology and the threat of biological warfare