Bioterrorism

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Bioterrorism

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Haunting spectre of bioterrorism

The Cobra Event” written by Richard Preston in 1998 is a science thriller which narrates a botched bioterrorism offensive on the USA. In the book, the perpetrator of the attack, clones a virulent smallpox genome with a highly contagious common cold virus, and cranks out a genetically engineered virus, codenamed “Cobra”. The resultant virus which is as contagious as common cold and as deadly as smallpox, manoeuvres itself to the brain of the infected person, where it replicates exponentially and annihilates the brain cells. As a consequence, of its relentless onslaught the infected person is left to die of a disease called “Brain-pox”. In 1998, when President Bill Clinton came across Preston’s…

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