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FTR #55 More Fun with Science

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This pro­gram con­tin­ues the explo­ration of the delib­er­ate and acci­den­tal con­t­a­m­i­na­tion of vac­cines with dead­ly virus­es and the role of an (appar­ent­ly) genet­i­cal­ly engi­neered micro-organ­ism in “Per­sian Gulf War Syn­drome”. These sub­jects are explored in sev­er­al oth­er pro­grams includ­ing: the seg­ments about bio­log­i­cal war­fare and Per­sian “Gulf War Syn­drome”; the Inter­view with Ed Haslam and the Inter­view with Ed Haslam, Dr. Garth Nicol­son, Dr. Leonard Horowitz and Dr. Alan Cantwell. The first half of the pro­gram con­sists of two front page arti­cles from the Los Ange­les Times of March of 1997 con­cern­ing, respec­tive­ly, the vac­cine con­tro­ver­sy and the research of Dr. Nicol­son on “Gulf War Syn­drome.” Of par­tic­u­lar inter­est is the pos­si­bil­i­ty that the genet­i­cal­ly engi­neered mycoplas­ma impli­cat­ed in GWS may be con­t­a­m­i­nat­ing the U.S. blood sup­ply. The seg­ment sets forth evi­dence that GWS may be com­mu­ni­ca­ble to ani­mals and (pos­si­bly) from ani­mals back to peo­ple. The sec­ond half of the pro­gram high­lights Defense Depart­ment researchers’ iso­la­tion of genet­ic mate­r­i­al from the virus respon­si­ble for the dead­ly 1918 flu epi­dem­ic (this epi­dem­ic killed mil­lions around the world in the imme­di­ate after­math of World War I.) These same mil­i­tary researchers have been pre­dict­ing the appear­ance of anoth­er, sim­i­lar­ly dead­ly flu epi­dem­ic in the not-too-dis­tant future.