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The reality of bioterror struck America and the world in October 2001, as dramatic headlines stirred a national fear of anthrax in the mail. Five people were killed and government mail was delayed for months. People across the country were stocking up on antibiotics to thwart the threat of biological warfare.
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"A readable and well-researched account, from a skilled science writer, of what one day might befall large numbers of us."
The Times Literary Supplement
."..even more relevant than it was in past editions..."
Bookwatch, December 2002
."..offers a gripping outline of 'public health in reverse' and how close societies have come to unleashing biomedical havoc on each other."
The Tampa Tribune, 9/24/02
With the advent of genetic engineering and other biological advances, the manufacture of "invisible" weapons, used in germ warfare and biowarfare programmes, is a stronger possibility. This work argues that there are few safeguards against such weapons and, in contrast to nuclear weapons, the public has not been fully alerted to the dangers. It explains how such weapons pose a threat to specific types of people or particular ethnic groups, who may be targeted.
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