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Canada fears bioterror

Polio ‘easy’ to make; U.S. study created virus from scratch. Bioterrorists using commercially available technology and materials could, with relative ease, make a synthesized version of the polio virus, the Canadian military has warned. “There are concerns that terrorists can now create viruses,” says a military intelligence assessment obtained by Ottawa researcher Ken Rubin through the Access to Information Act. “The production of a synthetic polio virus is relatively simple compared to the difficulties that would be faced attempting to synthesize larger and more complex viruses such as smallpox,” says the assessment, dated July 2002. Full Story

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