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  • ret6408 ret6408 Apr 17, 2013 10:52 PM Flag

    Ricin And The Risk Of Bioterror: Are we prepared?

    The one part of the article sure does sound like they're talking about the SIGA debacle:
    Some government programs, like the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have success at financing innovative, early ventures. But they tolerate a lot of failures along the way. Over the past decade, BARDA and Bioshield have not been so lucky. The intense political scrutiny that these efforts have undergone (often stoked by companies that lose out on contracts) has made the government executives managing the programs skittish. This has rendered the entire process adverse to the kind of risk taking that’s required for successful drug discovery.........
    In the future, the bigger threat may come from the deliberate misuse of engineered organisms. These are biological agents that can be engineered to spread from person to person, like a deadly form of flu or a re-engineered version of smallpox.

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