Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Losing Track of Bioweapons
ABC News reports that a recent inventory at a Fort Detrick biological warfare defense lab turned up "more than 9,200 vials of material that was unaccounted for in laboratory records." They never left the lab, but given the nature of the toxins & germs in question, it would be nice if the army paid a little bit more attention to its stockpiles. According to the report, some of the vials date from the 1950s. If they aren't aware of what's in the lab, they aren't going to know if anything leaves until the next inventory -- which apparently could take 50+ years.