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Welcome to the companion Web site to "Bioterror," originally broadcast on November 13, 2001. The film follows three New York Times reporters as they delve into the murky past of bioweapons research and grapple with the current threat of anthrax and other attacks. Here's what you'll find online:
  • History of Biowarfare
    Agents of disease have been used as weapons of terror for centuries, long before scientists knew how germs spread illness. But where once plague-infested corpses were catapulted over castle walls, today genetically modified "superplague" could unleash global devastation. This illustrated feature reviews the past—and the unfolding—history of biowarfare and bioterrorism.

  • Future Germ Defenses
    Can a super-vaccine of the future protect us from bioterrorism and a host of natural diseases? How is the U.S. government gearing up to meet the threats of "black biology?" In this excerpt from their best-selling book, Germs, New York Times reporters Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg, and William Broad explore the possibilities.

  • Interviews with Biowarriors
    Bill Patrick and Ken Alibek were scientists on opposite sides of the Cold War. But they shared a similar mission: create biological weapons. These biowarriors, as well as Soviet "superbug" researcher Sergei Popov, reveal chilling details of the past and their fears for the future.

  • Global Guide to Bioweapons
    During the Cold War, the U.S. and many other nations produced deadly weapons-usable biological agents for potential deployment against their adversaries. Learn the facts about 20 nations around the globe where biological weapons were under production—and in some cases still are.

  • Making Vaccines (Hot Science)
    The world's first vaccine, invented in 1796, used pustules from diseased cows to protect humans from smallpox. In this interactive feature, find out how six different types of vaccines are made today.

  • Resources on Bioterror
  • Teacher's Guide


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