+quot;A Super Germ is Bred as a Death Weapon+quot; Washington, July 14 (UPI)- Forty Army s
"A Super Germ is Bred as a Death Weapon"
Washington, July 14 (UPI)- Forty Army scientists are working on a project
that could add deadly super germs of types that do not exist in nature to
the potential of biological warfare.
The scientists at the Army's biological research center at Fort Dietrich,
MD. already have succeeded in producing bacteria with new combinations of
Army Urges Expansion
If their research bears fruit, a new and fearsome surprise element would
be added to the potential of bacteriological war. A germ known only to
its finders conceivably might wipe out populations before any antidote
could be devised.
In a written statement submitted to the House on defense appropriations,
the Army indicated that results obtained so far have been sufficiently
spectacular to warrant expansion of the program.
Genetics is the Key
"It is not unlikely that the major contributions of the future to biological
weaponry and defense will result from research and a better understanding of
the science of genetics," the statement said.
The Army did not name the scientists in the program, but said several are
nationally and internationally recognized.
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