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A great read by Richard Preston...it is a non-fiction book about the possibilites of biological terrorism using smallpox. Though the world virtually wiped out smallpox decades ago, two locations kept reserves of the active virus for research purposes. One is held at the Center for Disease Control in Altanta, and the other was held in the former Soviet Union. Since the dissolution the Soviet Union, large quantities of the virus are unaccounted for. While there is vaccine in reserve, Preston explains how minute variations in the DNA of the virus could make the vaccine ineffective.

The book is terrifying, both in its accounts of how smallpox attacks the human system, and how the unaccounted virus could be the ultimate WMD. Definitely an eye-opener...not for the faint of heart.
 
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