CASE CLOSED … what really happened in the 2001 anthrax attacks?

* The Chair of the Dangerous Pathogens 2000 conference at which the Al Qaeda scientist’s Rauf Ahmad’s research on killing mice with anthrax was presented, worked at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Center while advising the FBI’s Amerithrax Investigation ; the paper Dr. Baillie presented was co-authored with sequencer of the Ames strain

Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 16, 2014

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3 Responses to “* The Chair of the Dangerous Pathogens 2000 conference at which the Al Qaeda scientist’s Rauf Ahmad’s research on killing mice with anthrax was presented, worked at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Center while advising the FBI’s Amerithrax Investigation ; the paper Dr. Baillie presented was co-authored with sequencer of the Ames strain”

  1. DXer said

    The 2014 Gregory Koblentz directed GMU thesis notes the problem of conflict of interest that inevitably arose in Amerithrax while the FBI was trying to work out its scientific approach:

    “While the FBI would perform extensive investigations on each consultant in order to verify his/her suitability to assist the investigation and rule them out as a subject of the investigation, the unique aspect of the investigation could be correlated to a forensic examiner, who is suspected of a sexual assault, being consulted on and examining the sexual assault evidence in the same case.”

  2. DXer said

    Professor Les Baillie, who advised Amerithrax while at the University of Maryland, and was Chairman of the Dangerous Pathogens 2000 Conference at which Al Qaeda anthrax scientist explained his research involving killing mice with anthrax, recently estimated the costs of clean-up in connection with the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings to be $1 billion.

    http://image.slidesharecdn.com/professorlesbailliecompatibilitymode-141013083740-conversion-gate02/95/professor-les-baillie-4-638.jpg?cb=1413207506

  3. DXer said

    1.
    http://www.jmedcbr.org/Editor%20Bios/Baillie.html

    PROF LES BAILLIE, MPHIL, PHD

    UK

    Dr Baillie’s research career has focused on the study of Bacillus anthracis and its illicit use as a bio-weapon. From 1991-2002 he worked at Dstl Porton Down, an agency of the UK ministry of Defence and lead a team developing vaccines and detectors. Notable successes were the development of the UK’s recombinant anthrax vaccine and the sequencing of the Ames strain of B.anthracis (the group provided the DNA). In 2002 he joined the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute in Baltimore as an associate professor and established a research group working on project ranging from Salmonella based oral vaccines for anthrax to real time detectors. The following year he took an appointment as director of the Biodefence Medical Countermeasures Department at the Naval Medical Research Center. By the time he left in 2007, he had established a multidisciplinary research group focused on developing and delivering novel technologies to the warfighter to counter the threat of bioterrorism. Approaches included high-throughput genome sequencing of biothreat agents, rapid hand held fluorescence based detector systems, innate immune system triggers for broad-spectrum protection, DNA vaccines and the development of an artificial immune system. Baillie returned to the UK in 2007 to take up a chair in microbiology at Cardiff University where he has continued his interest in defence related issues in the UK and US.

    Dr Baillie gained his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Plymouth Polytechnic which was followed by a master of philosophy degree from the University of the West of England. His PhD was subsequently awarded by Sheffield University
    He is currently funded to work on a number of defence related projects including the real time detection of anthrax, the decontamination of military vehicles and the development of medical countermeasures against biothreat agents. He serves as a scientific reviewer for the Canadian CRTI programme and is a member of the UK Home Office Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Science and Technology Advisory Board.

    2.

    17 November 2011 – ANTHRAX

    Les Baillie: “We are trying to decontaminate thousands of hectares of land”

    http://www.infection-research.de/interviews/view/detail/interview/baillie/

    Anthrax, Bacillus anthracis, Bioweapons, Decontamination

    “Les Baillie is a professor of microbiology at Cardiff University. His main research interest is a bacterium made famous for its potential as a bioweapon: Bacillus anthracis, responsible for “anthrax”. His research takes him regularly to regions of northern Turkey where anthrax is endemic. In this interview he explains why the people living there are accustomed to living with the bug, and how he and his colleagues will try to break the bug’s infection cycle.

    Your main research topic is anthrax. When talking about anthrax, what comes to mind are the biological weapons used by terrorists since September 11, 2001, which have caused 5 deaths. You are currently working on a project in eastern Turkey in a region where the anthrax causing bacterium Bacillus anthracis is endemic. Isn´t that dangerous?
    To tell you the truth: we don´t know. The so-called “Ames Stream” of Bacillus anthracis, which is very dangerous and which had been used as biological weapon, was originally isolated from a cow in Florida. [sic; it was isolated from a cow in Texas. Florida is where Robert Stevens died and then the anthrax was cultured from his blood]. ”

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    Les Baillie is interviewed here about honey bees and possible antimicrobial properties. My wife wants to keep bees and so I’ve been collecting books about beekeeping for years.

    Where will we find new antibacterial drugs? In honey? 25 July 2011
    http://www.theguardian.com/education/2011/jul/25/honey-antibacterial-research-mrsa-c-difficile

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