SOURCE: Universal Detection Technology

November 12, 2007 07:01 ET

Universal Detection Technology Comments on Potential Spread of 'Mail-Order' Bio-Terror Agents

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 12, 2007) - Universal Detection Technology ( (OTCBB: UDTT), a developer and provider of early-warning monitoring technologies to protect people from bioterrorism and radiological weapons, commented on a recent report on the spread of 'Mail-order" Bio-terror and the availability of cheap DNA synthesis technology and its implications on Homeland Security.

UDTT's BSM- 2000, co-developed by NASA's JPL, is designed to monitor the air constantly for abnormal levels of bacterial spores such as anthrax. Since BSM-2000 looks for a molecule specific to bacterial spores, it cannot be fooled by genetic mutations that will cause anthrax bacteria to go unnoticed by PCR detection methods.

According to a study published in Nature Biotechnology, rapid improvements in bio-technology have now allowed researchers to generate genetic material starting from just information and raw chemicals. The use of this technology by bio-terrorists can lead to them creating pathogens that potentially can:

1- Render a vaccine ineffective;
2- Confer resistance to therapeutically useful drugs;
3- Enhance the virulence of a pathogen or rendering a non-pathogen
4- Increase transmissibility;
5- Alter host range;
6- Enable the evasion of a diagnostic or other detection; and
7- Enable weaponization.

"There is a possibility that a bio-terrorist could use a DNA synthesizer to create Anthrax bacteria that will be undetectable by current PCR based systems," said Mr. Amir Ettehadieh, UDTT's Director of Research and Development. "The BSM-2000 is immune to such manipulations as it uses a non-DNA based procedure to detect anthrax," he added.

UDTT is also a supplier of detection kits that are capable of detection up to five bioterrorism agents including anthrax, ricin, botulinum, plague, and SEBs. Other products include radiation detection systems and educational DVDs.

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Universal Detection Technology is a developer of monitoring technologies, including bioterrorism detection devices. The Company on its own and with development partners is positioned to capitalize on opportunities related to Homeland Security. For example, the Company, in cooperation with NASA, has developed a bio-terror 'smoke' detector that detects certain biohazard substances. For more information, please visit

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