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Category archives for Anthrax

More Incompetency in the Ivins Case

Keep in mind, this probably means there is a murderous terrorist running loose out there: Now, however, Justice Department lawyers have acknowledged in court papers that the sealed area in Ivins’ lab — the so-called hot suite — didn’t contain the equipment needed to turn liquid anthrax into the refined powder that floated through congressional…

I’ve had serious doubts all along about the anthrax investigation, but the latest turn raises even more questions about the government’s case. According to former co-worker of Ivins’ and former USAMRIID microbacteriologist Henry Heine, the science doesn’t seem to support Ivins’ guilt (italics mine): Heine told the panel that the most common way of growing…

FBI to Published Anthrax Evidence

This is a good start:

Anthrax and the Myth of the Mad Scientist

Chris Mooney is worried that the latest turns in the anthrax case are reinforcing the notion of the ‘mad scientist’ (and what, exactly, is wrong with a Mad Scientist? Just asking):

I realize science is hard and stuff, but there are serious problems with the evidence in the anthrax investigation. I’m not the only who thinks so: ScienceBloglings Tara and Revere think so too, along with most of the commentors. Thankfully, these problems are finally starting to enter the discussion. First, from Glenn Greenwald:

Yesterday, I mentioned my doubts about there being two anthrax strains used in the 2001 attacks. Thanks to an article identified by reader TomJoe, I’m convinced that there was only one anthrax strain involved, if the only evidence for the existence of two strains is that there is a DNA inversion.

In reading this NY Times story about the anthrax investigation, this statement about how the presence of an inversion (a region of flipped DNA) puzzled me (italics mine):