What Is Next In Poison?

For 20th century black widows it was the metalloid Arsenic, for countries at war it was the nerve agent  Sarin and for Russian intelligence it was the radioactive compound Polonium. So what is next in the use of  toxic substances to kill? Some believe it is the use of nanotechnology as a bio-chemical weapon – tiny little machines which target particular cell receptors or release chemicals once into the blood stream. Others think it could come in the form of synthetic life, as a result of so called “bio-hacking” of the basic building blocks of life to create virulent artificial viruses or self-replicating prions. Whatever the form, it appears likely that the future of murder through toxic chemicals will be advanced by scientific specialists and not greedy housewives, likely fuelled by government funding or private militia.

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