New technologies such as bioengineering could enable a small terrorist group, or even one dedicated individual, to modify and release a new virus that could
cause both a pandemic and, as people react, a collapse in economic activity and possibly law and order. A host of experts says such bioengineered viral
pandemics (BVP) are inevitable since it is increasingly easy to modify an existing pathogen to make it more lethal or transmissible. This article explains why
this bleak coming “Age of BVP” is almost upon us.