Scientists urge delay in destroying last smallpox

May 1, 2014 9:02 PM

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Scientists urge delay in destroying last smallpox

The world’s health ministers meet later this month to debate, again, the fate of vials held under tight security in two labs — one in the U.S. and one in Russia.

The virus is being used for carefully limited research to create drugs and safer vaccines in case this killer ever returns, through terrorism or a lab accident or if all the world’s stocks aren’t really accounted for. Member countries of the World Health Organization long ago agreed that eventually ...

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