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Bioterror

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Note: This program contains information about biological diseases that may be inappropriate for your students. Please preview it to determine its appropriateness for your classroom.

NOVA presents a special program on the science of germ warfare that reveals previously unknown details of the secret biological warfare programs conducted by the Soviets and the United States during the Cold War.

The program:

  • follows three New York Times reporters as they delve into the past and present of biological weapons development.

  • visits abandoned Soviet germ factories in central Asia and goes to Kazakhstan, where dozens of Soviet scientists worked in the world's largest bioweapons facility.

  • profiles two Soviet germ scientists who defected to the United States in the early '90s and shared details of the Soviet bioweapons program.

  • interviews the chief of product development at the U.S. Army's Fort Detrick facility, who discloses the history of the U.S. bioweapons program.

  • explores evidence of Saddam Hussein's secret bioweapons program and speculates on its possible links to terrorist groups.

  • notes that recombinant DNA technology allows scientists to genetically manipulate germs, in order to make them more deadly.

  • profiles ways the United States is working to fight bioterrorism.

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