Scientists Are Testing Viruses That Could Wipe Out Millions If Something Goes Wrong

July 9, 2014 10:08 PM

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Scientists Are Testing Viruses That Could Wipe Out Millions If Something Goes Wrong

On July 8, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention announced that vials containing smallpox were discovered in a cold storage room in an unauthorised National Institutes of Health facility in Maryland. The disease is so infectious and dangerous that an international agreement mandates that only two labs in the world can possess it.

Nobody could say what the smallpox was doing in Maryland or how it had evaded detection for so many years. Just a month earlier, the CDC had revealed another alarming breach of protocol, announcing that they might have accidentally exposed more than 75 employees to anthrax.

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