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  •  Not "most likely" (4+ / 0-)
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    The anthrax was the Ames strain and could only have come from Ft. Detrick or Dugway -- most likely Ft. Detrick.  

    The strain of anthrax found in letters mailed to U.S. Sens. Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, and Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, is called Ames, after the Iowa city where researchers first isolated it.

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    The story died almost immediately after this became known.  

    •  Um, don't think so (0+ / 0-)

      Here's another para from that story:

      Scientists at Fort Detrick obtained a sample of the Ames anthrax from the U.S. Agriculture Department in the early 1980s for vaccine testing and gave samples to at least five other labs. [Emphasis added]

      If USDA had it 20+ years ago, how could the source have only been Detrick or Dugway?  In fact IIRC the Ames strain is one of the more common strains distributed to research labs & as of 2001 was available through the American Type Culture Collection. (Not gonna check now because I no longer work on related projects & don't want anyone asking why I'm looking...)

      BTW Boyle gets a number of things wrong in the cited article--enough that I can't consider him credible.

      May I bow to Necessity not/ To her hirelings (W. S. Merwin)

      by Uncle Cosmo on Wed Dec 13, 2006 at 11:30:29 AM PST

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      •  Perhaps you should lay out what he got wrong? (0+ / 0-)

        Please enlighten us.

        "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." -- Groucho Marx

        by rolandzebub on Wed Dec 13, 2006 at 05:07:49 PM PST

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        •  I did so a bit further down the thread (0+ / 0-)

          in very longwinded fashion. Dunno how to put in a link to somewhere on the same page, but if you do a find on my handle from here you'll probably come across it. That work?

          May I bow to Necessity not/ To her hirelings (W. S. Merwin)

          by Uncle Cosmo on Wed Dec 13, 2006 at 05:59:43 PM PST

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          •  Interesting . . . (0+ / 0-)

            Thanks for your perspective.

            "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." -- Groucho Marx

            by rolandzebub on Wed Dec 13, 2006 at 06:16:34 PM PST

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