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Biological Warfare Emerges As 21st-Century Threat

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January 19, 2001
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Why is biophysicist Steven Block so concerned about smallpox? After all, more than 20 years have passed since the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the eradication of this highly contagious and incurable disease. Although the disease has been eliminated in the wild, frozen stocks of smallpox virus are still maintained by the governments of the United States and Russia. If rogue politicians or terrorists were to get hold of the remaining supplies, "the consequences could be disastrous," he warns.

Why is biophysicist Steven Block so concerned about smallpox?


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