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The smallpox virus can be purchased via the Internet

June 17 2006
11:31

DNA sequences of some of the deadliest pathogens known to man, can be purchased via the Internet.

The investigation conducted by the British newspaper Guardian has proven that terrorist organizations can easily be obtained via the Internet a central component of biological weapons such as smallpox DNA.

According to the newspaper, a description of the DNA of smallpox and other viruses are publicly available in online databases. So to create a virus, a terrorist need only order the DNA fragments and to combine them in order. With that can handle terrorists with an appropriate education if equipped laboratory.

DNA of the smallpox virus exists only in laboratories since he disappeared from the wild 30 years ago. DNA sample, which commissioned the study's authors, had three versions, which makes it safe. The virus was sent to the usual address in London. The company acknowledged that had no idea who it was she who sent the altered DNA of smallpox. It is worth noting that if such a virus has infected only 10 people, after 180 days of the disease will spread to the 2.2 million people.

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