Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Anthrax found in 2001 assaults still has unexplainable beginnings

The origin of the anthrax found in the 2001 anthrax attacks is still a mystery to researchers and investigators. The strain used in the assaults was comparable to the strain the prime suspect, Bruce Ivins, worked with on a daily basis in a laboratory. Ivins committed suicide before he could possibly be charged. Individuals have taken out huge sums of money in payday loans to finance finding where this strand was made with no luck. Post resource – Scientists unable to find source of anthrax used in 2001 attacks by MoneyBlogNewz.

Contradictions between NAS and FBI

The National Academy of Sciences has questioned the investigation of the 2001 anthrax assaults in a report even though the investigation is over, USA Today reports. There were some disparities found between the FBI and review panel when the National Research Council did its own review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In the original investigation, some genetic similarities were found between the spores of anthrax found in the assaults and those at the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Disease in a flask belonging to Dr. Bruce Ivins, a microbiologist who worked for the Army. However, the National Academy of Sciences concluded that despite similarities, it was not confirmed that the strain cultivated by Dr. Ivins was the very same as the strain used.

Nevertheless haven't proved Ivins innocence

Whether or not Dr. Ivins was at fault was not discussed in the NAS that was all about science, the New York Times explained. The relationship between strains was "consistent with and supports" the similarities. This was something the National Academy of Sciences concluded. Since the FBI didn't use very good methods for identifying the anthrax, it was reprimanded though. Dr. Bruce Ivins committed suicide in 2008 before he could be prosecuted, and the FBI closed its case.

Attack with anthrax still unknown

The investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks led to the founding of the new science of microbial forensics — tracing the roots of infectious agents. The report also applauds the use of vigorous scientific techniques by the FBI, according to the WA Post. Five individuals perished in 2001 because of the anthrax assaults while another 17 got Bacillus Anthraces spores which usual leads to fatal disease anthrax in the end.

Articles cited

USA Today

usatoday.com/tech/science/2011-02-15-anthrax_N.htm

New York Times

nytimes.com/2011/02/16/us/16anthrax.html

Washington Post

washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/15/AR2011021502251.html?hpid=topnews



1 comment:

  1. It should worry us that this case remains mysterious, and it was good to read some more about this in your blog Ms Hoover, while the FBI just closed the case. Another open question is one of morality. Is it justified to experiment with bacteria who are as damaging as this one? No! Obviously we are not competent enough to prevent wrongdoings who lead to an avoidable loss of lives. So we must get away from this technology. I think we are having some basic problems with morality, and here it shows. While many people all over the world think that we in the west are the good guys, and this planet's force of order, the sad fact is that we are not as good as we might eventually become. I often find that this is due to bad old-time religion. There is no question that it is bad religion that makes radical Muslims become terrorists and a shame for humanity. But sometime Nordic-Aryan whites are not much better, this is what we must learn not only from CIA scandals. While Christians learn that God seems to approve the use of utmost cruel torture and has no inhibitions before drug abuse and is overall very unfair and unscrupulous, they easily act in a similar way. Only a better righteous religion will enable us westerners to morally develop and become the good guys we always wanted to be. That religion of the Tree of Knowledge is just what I am developing.

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