If ever there was a blog item worthy of our “Sign of the Apocalypse” shingle, it may be this one.
Paul Boutin has a very unsettling piece on his blog about DIY bioweaponry. As you’re likely aware, the common punditary wisdom is that “A significant bioterror attack today would require the support of a national program to succeed” (quoth the NYTimes in 2002).
Paul’s article paints a very different picture of the relative ease involved in creating such weapons and quotes a current researcher, Rob Carlson, as saying: (if biotech development proceeds apace, within a decade) “…cooking up a lethal bug will be as easy and cheap as building a Web site.”
[Via O’Reilly Radar]