U.S. totally unprepared for bioterrorism

from the one-such-incident=disaster-in-more-ways-than-one dept.
Senior Associate Charles Vollum writes "In a UPI story headlined U.S. totally unprepared for bioterrorism, Dr. Tara O'Toole, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies, makes a case that 'The technology to manufacture biological weapons of mass destruction is now widely available through open literature and the United States is totally unprepared to cope with a bio-terrorist attack…' This is a crude precursor to the dangers nanotechnology will potentiate. Will stories like this lead towards the kind of reasoned debate the Foresight Institute is working to create, or will they just scare people into wild over-reactions?"

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