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The Cure in the Code by Peter Huber

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ANTHRAXING WALL STREET

THEY’RE NORMALLY STICKY and easily contained, but when coated with silica, the “weaponized” spores disperse through the air like ragweed pollen in spring. An added advantage is that the disease they cause isn’t contagious. They can be used to kill New York, say, without unleashing an epidemic that might spread to Islamabad. They start germinating almost as soon as they enter your body. Bacterial toxins drill their way through your flesh, gangrene sets in, organs collapse, lungs fill with fluid, and you die of pneumonia. Anthrax thus delivers in ten days what HIV delivers in ten years.

We will find out just how far we have slouched down the road to pharmaceutical serfdom on one windless summer evening when a low-flying ...

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