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  • Authored by: Sean M. Grady and John Tabak, Ph.D.
  • From the Series: Science and Technology in Focus
  • Trim Size: 6 x 9
  • ISBN-10: 0816046875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-4687-4
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 02/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 614.5
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 208


Some of the most significant and potentially devastating dangers to human and animal life come from sources we cannot see without the help of microscopes. Viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms have been a troubling presence in the world probably from the time multicellular life first appeared.

As part of the Science and Technology in Focus series, Biohazards covers the history of how extremely powerful microscopic invaders have plagued the human race and how humans have responded to these attacks. Comprehensive and up to date, this volume looks at the recent resurgence of diseases that were once thought vanished, such as tuberculosis and staphylococcus. It also explores the renewed threat of biological warfare in the form of bioterrorism following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

Using the most recent information available, Biohazards covers other important topics such as the recent anthrax scare, the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS, and the recurring outbreaks of extremely deadly diseases such as Ebola.


Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Index. Appendix. Bibliography. Glossary. Tables. Further reading. Web sites.

About the Author(s)

Sean M. Grady is a writer and freelance journalist. He is the author or coauthor of several books for young adults on science and technology, including Facts On File's new editions of Modern Medicines, Supercomputers, and Virtual Reality. A former newspaper reporter and editor, he was Assistant Editor/Writer for the Reno-Gazette/Journal.

John Tabak, Ph.D., performed graduate work at SUNY at Stony Brook and received a degree in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the author of Facts On File's The History of Mathematics set as well as the books A Look at Earth and A Look at Neptune. He is currently writing a history of American Sign Language.

Reviews and Awards

"...accessible...a first choice for research."
School Library Journal

"Honor Book, 2006," Science 7-12 category
- Society of School Librarians International

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