posted on Jun, 20 2003 @ 10:38 PM
right now I'm reading The Demon in the Freezer
by Richard Preston, and it's about smallpox and biological weapons. smallpox was eradicated
from the human population in about 1979 and today only two authorized supplies of smallpox virus exist, one in Russia and one at the CDC in Atlanta,
there was a small window of time, probably about 1980, when it could be assumed that absolutely nobody but those two places had smallpox (today it's
not so certain). my question is, do you think smallpox should have been destroyed completely during this period of time, all samples killed? or was
the right decision made, allowing research into smallpox to continue?
edit: ack. first poll jitters, I guess. do me a favor and don't click on the blank one in the middle, okay?
[Edited on 6-21-2003 by MorningtonCrescent]