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Microbiologists Beware!

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While the so-called more reputable press has been busy reporting the details of the anthrax scare, TheRealTruth has learned that in a secret internal report, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has raised concerns about the mysterious deaths of at least a dozen well-known microbiologists. A copy of the report was given to TheRealTruth by a source inside the FBI who must remain anonymous for obvious reasons.

According to the report, most if not all of the microbiologists killed were involved in DNA sequencing work aimed at developing drugs that will fight pathogens based on the pathogenís genetic profile. Theoretically such drugs could be developed for a class of people sharing a particular genetic marker. Alternatively, the same process could be reversed to develop a pathogen that could infect a class of people sharing a particular genetic marker. A class of people sharing a genetic marker would be a group with a particular racial or ethnic background.

The FBI report specifically cites the deaths of the following microbiologists:

Dr. Don C. Wiley:

Dr. Wiley worked at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Harvard University and was a well-known microbiologist. He held many of his fieldís prestigious awards including the 1995 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for work on anti-viral vaccines. This work involved research into DNA sequencing.

Dr. Wiley was last seen alive at midnight on November 15, 2001 leaving the St. Judeís Childrenís Research Advisory dinner held at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN. His rental car was found four hours later, abandoned on a bridge across the Mississippi River, the keys still in the ignition. His body was found on December 20, snagged on a tree along the Mississippi River, 300 miles south of Memphis. The cause of death was ruled accidental, the result of massive injuries suffered in the fall from the bridge.

Dr. Robert M. Schwartz:

Dr. Schwartz was Executive Director of Research and Development at the Virginia Center of Innovative Technology and a founding member of the Virginia Biotechnology Association. He was highly respected in biophysics and an authority on DNA sequencing.

Co-workers became worried when he did not show up for work on December 10, 2001 and called police. He was later found stabbed to death in his home in Virginia and with an "X" cut into the back of his neck. Although his 19 year old daughter has been arrested for his death, she continues to deny any involvement in her fatherís death.

Dr. Benito Que:

Dr. Que was a cell biologist doing research in the hematology department of the University of Miami Medical School. That research relied heavily on the DNA sequencing studies done by others.

Dr. Que was found comatose near his car on a street adjacent to the University of Miami Medical School on November 12, 2001. The police thought he may have been the victim of a mugging but reported there was no visible trauma on Dr. Que although his wallet was missing. He died four weeks later and the Dade County medical examiner ruled it was caused by cardiac arrest.

Dr. Set Van Nguyen:

Dr. Nguyen was found dead on December 11, 2001 at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research animal diseases building in Geelong, Australia. According to the Victoria police, he asphyxiated after entering a refrigerated storage facility that was filled with nitrogen leaking from the liquid nitrogen cooling system.

In the January, 2001 issue of the magazine Nature it was reported that two scientists at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research facility in Geelong had used genetic manipulation and DNA sequencing to create a virulent form of mousepox, which is a near cousin of smallpox. Nature raised concerns that a similar manipulation of the smallpox virus would create a version of smallpox that could be used for biowarfare or bioterrorism.

Dr. Vladimir Pasechnik:

The death of Dr. Pasechnik in Salisbury, England was reported on November 23, 2001. The cause of death was reported as a stroke. Further details of the circumstances surrounding his death apparently are not known.

Dr. Pasechnik defected from the former Soviet Union to Great Britain while on a trip to Paris. He had been the top scientist for the Soviet Unionís bioweapons program. That program reportedly involved DNA sequencing. After his defection he worked for ten years in the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research in the UK Department of Health in Salisbury, England.

Dr. Victor Korshunov:

On February 9, 2002, Pravda reported that Dr. Korshunov had been killed. He was found dead at the entrance to his home in Moscow with a cranial injury.

Dr. Korshunov was head of the microbiology sub-facility at the Russian State Medical University in Moscow. While there Dr. Korshnov invented vaccines to protect against several biological weapons which had been previously developed at that facility.

Dr. Ian Langford:

On February 11, 2002 Dr. Langford was found dead wedged under a chair at his home near Norwich, England. His home had been ransacked.

Dr. Langford was a senior researcher at the University of East Anglia. Like the others, he was a respected authority in DNA sequencing theory.

Five Additional Microbiologists:

On October 4, 2001 a commercial airliner en route from Israel to Novosibirsk, Siberia was shot down over the Black Sea by an off course Ukrainian surface-to-air missile. Everyone on board was killed including five Israeli microbiologists, who were identified as Drs. Avishai Berkman and Ernst Schweiss from Israelís Ichilov Hospital, Dr. Yaacov Matzner from the Hebrew University School of Medicine, and Drs. Amiramp Eldor and Anna Diamant from the Tel Aviv Public Health Department.

The FBI does not know with certainty whether these microbiologists were involved in DNA sequencing research. However the University of Novosibirskís School of Medicine, which they were en route to visit, is well known for its advanced research into DNA sequencing.

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