Science Sunday #24

Science Sunday #24

This week:  Vials of Smallpox Found in F.D.A. Storage Room!  It’s crazy that a disease that is supposed to have been eradicated over 3 decades ago was kept unaccounted for since 1954.  A more recent article later in the week confirmed that these stocks of virus are indeed able to grow, indicating that they may be infectious.  Luckily, the CDC has agreed to destroy the virus after this testing is done.  Between this and the anthrax scare earlier in the year, I think it’s time for the NIH to take a closer look at their policies, to ensure that there is no longer the danger of exposure to these diseases- to their employees, or to the public.

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