Sunday, April 25, 2010

Surprise, Surprise. FBI Official Story Of Anthrax Mailings "Impossible" According To Army Microbiologist

From ProPublica.

FBI accused Bruce Ivins couldn't have grown the 10 trillion spores needed for the Anthrax mailings without being noticed by his colleagues, according to Henry S. Heine, a microbiologist who supervised Ivin's work.

A microbiologist who supervised the work of accused anthrax killer Bruce E. Ivins explained to a National Academy of Sciences panel Thursday why the arithmetic of growing anthrax didn't add up to Ivins' mailing deadly spores in fall 2001.

"Impossible," said Dr. Henry S. Heine of a scenario in which Ivins, another civilian microbiologist working for the Army, allegedly prepared the anthrax spores at an Army lab at Fort Detrick. Heine told the 16-member panel that Ivins would have had to grow as many as 10 trillion spores, an astronomical amount that couldn't have gone unnoticed by his colleagues.

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