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Killing a Killer: What Next for Smallpox?

  • Grant McFadden mail

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

  • Published: January 29, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1000727

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Smallpox virus should not be destroyed

Posted by tdermody on 18 Feb 2010 at 22:06 GMT

Grant McFadden has touched on all the important issues about whether remaining stocks of smallpox virus should be destroyed. I do not think it makes sense to destroy the virus. We have much to learn about smallpox pathogenesis, and the virus may be needed should it ever reemerge by either biological or nefarious means.

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