Laboratory Of War

Gerry Northam reports on warfare and the consequences for global peace.

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The Nato bombing of Serbia last year appeared to be the culmination of a strategist's dream - total victory and barely a single allied casualty. But can hi-tech weaponry really deliver a brave new world of bloodless warfare? And if so, will advanced computerised weaponry make the world a safer place?

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Under the apartheid regime, South African scientists began research into engineering a lethal bacterium that would only affect the black population. Russian geneticists have been attempting to modify plague bacteria to make them resistant to antibiotics. Northam investigates the threat of a new generation of biological weapons.