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a pathogen, especially one used in or produced by biological research.
the health risk posed by the possible release of such a pathogen into the environment.
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material of biological origin that is hazardous to humans

A biological agent, such as an infectious microorganism, that constitutes a threat to humans or to the environment, especially one produced in biological research or experimentation.


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