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US and Russia Fighting Destruction of Smallpox Virus Samples

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Marti Oakley, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

Why would anyone want to retain samples of a virus, long since eradicated from the earth, and use those samples to mutate and experiment with? For what purpose?  What are they planning as the end use? And whom would they be thinking about using it on?

Turns out the US and Russia are fighting every attempt to force final destruction of the smallpox virus samples and have been fighting the destruction of these samples of smallpox for years.

The last case of smallpox ever recorded was in 1978 and the result of a laboratory accident.  The only places smallpox exists today is in the bioweapons research centers in the US and Russia.

In 2001, a PBS interview highlighted the fact that the Bush Administration was anticipating a bioterrorist attack using smallpox.  Since the only known samples of the virus are owned by the US and Russia, I have to wonder who exactly would have launched this attack? And who in this world would keep such a lethal virus for any reason once it has been eradicated worldwide except for what is being used for experimentation by what has to be a collection of international madmen?