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National Institutes of Health Find and Destroy Deadly Pathogens

Written by: Communicator StaffSeptember 10, 2014

Sean Godfroy

The National Institutes of Health recently ordered their facilities to search for dangerous pathogens in their stores, and found a staggering number of them. One was a bottle of ricin that had been kept for over 100 years. Other dangerous finds included tularemia, meliodosis, botulism and even the plague. All were destroyed safely, but the search continues to turn up more deadly pathogens. The search began because one laboratory almost had an accident because someone stumbled while carrying a forgotten vial of smallpox. Since then, the NIH has been examining all of its stores for old, dangerous samples that were not being carefully contained. The NIH hopes that the potential for risk will be reduced going forward.

For the full story, check out this iStreet Research article.