Germs Gone Wild: How the Unchecked Development of Domestic Biodefense Threatens America (Hardcover)

How the Unchecked Development of Domestic Biodefense Threatens America

By Kenneth King

Pegasus Books, 9781605981000, 508pp.

Publication Date: August 7, 2010

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King experienced the menace of bio-defense research firsthand when local government and business leaders tried to lure a new facility to his hometown in Kentucky. Researching the safety claims, he not only found many of them to be completely false, but was also horrified by the lack of oversight and the recklessness with which these labs genetically modified pathogens like smallpox, Ebola, and influenza without a care for what happened to the public if there was ever a "leak. And yet the greed that drove the development of these labs has effectively counteracted any cautionary checks by the government and universities. All have been seduced by the economic gains and corporate stipends that come with compliance and turning a blind eye. But now, the reality of these labs and the germs they manipulate will finally be brought to light, as King examines the controversies surrounding plants from Maryland to Boston and Utah, to the Department of Homeland Security's dubious National Bio-and-Agro-Facility (NBAF) project, and the precautions--or lack thereof--being taken to protect us all from a deadly pandemic.
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