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The Demon in the Freezer by Richard   Preston
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Mar 06, 2012

really liked it
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Read in March, 2012

This is a chilling account of the eradication of smallpox in the 1970s, the Anthrax mailings in 2001, and the possibility of future bioterrorism using genetically-modified strains of smallpox designed to infect even those vaccinated against the disease.

Officially variola majora (smallpox) only exists in freezers in the Centers for Disease Control and in the Russian Vector lab. Through interviews with those involved with the eradication and working to prevent bioterrorism a strong case is made for the Soviet government creating genetically-modified smallpox by the ton into the 1990s and how these virii might currently be in the possession of rogue nations.

You'll also learn why smallpox is most-likely the worst virus ever inflicted upon humankind and is much more dangerous than Ebola, Avian Flu, or AIDS. From 1850-1970 is is estimated that smallpox is responsible for the death of over one billion humans worldwide.
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