- Why an explosion of new high-risk germ labs since 2001 puts us at risk.
- What the nonpartisan Govt. Accountability Office said about the risks in 2007.
- Why a Contagion-like pandemic could begin at your local university:
- Reckless research: fun and games with freaky flu monsters.
- Thousands of new researchers, inexperienced and poorly trained.
- Equipment breakdowns, building flaws, human error, natural disasters.
- Overconfidence: the space shuttle syndrome.
- Infected researchers never believe it can happen to them. (Then it does.)
- Regulators missing in action (or sending resumes to pharmaceutical companies).
- Germ lab “oops” your government never told you about.
- Famous germ lab politicians you may have known (some of them running for President.)
- Pathological liars: the bioterror propaganda machine.
- How obsession with bioterror hijacked America’s public health agenda.
- Why biodefense is a bottomless money pit, and what we should be doing differently.
Defending Us From Ourselves
After the anthrax attacks of 2001—which the FBI says were perpetrated by a mentally unbalanced US biodefense researcher—the government began funding hundreds of new high-risk biodefense labs around the country.
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An attorney and college professor, Kenneth King holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School and a Ph.D. from The University of Nebraska. He spent over a year opposing the efforts of a powerful Congressman to bring the country’s second largest biodefense facility to a pasture in south central Kentucky.
An Independent Warning
In 2007, a flurry of prominent lab accidents prompted a Congressional hearing and investigation by the independent Government Accountability Office. The GAO’s chief investigator said the proliferation of new germ labs had made Americans less safe than they’d been before the anthrax attacks.
Over the past several years, scientists at the CDC and elsewhere re-created the 1918 flu—which killed 50 million to 100 million people worldwide—and created dangerous new hybrids of bird flu and human flu which spread easily between humans and are even more dangerous than ordinary bird flu. Unlike fictitious CDC administrator Ellis Cheever in the movie CONTAGION, the CDC allowed this highly dangerous research to be done in BSL-3 labs.