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Biological warfare agent is a pathogen, microorganism capable of causing disease, or a toxin derived from a living organism. It is deliberately used to produce disease or death in humans, animals, or plants. The discharge of any biological warfare agent into navigable waters is usually prohibited. Biological warfare agents can be used for an isolated assassination to incapacitation or death to thousands. A number of nations are attempting to acquire biological warfare agents, and there are concerns that terrorist groups or individuals may acquire the technologies and expertise to use these destructive agents.