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

* FBI Amerithrax scientists sent powderized anthrax from Dugway to USAMRIID for irradiation — but the irradiation was unsuccessful

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 12, 2015

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2 Responses to “* FBI Amerithrax scientists sent powderized anthrax from Dugway to USAMRIID for irradiation — but the irradiation was unsuccessful”

  1. DXer said

    CDC report dated June 5, 2015:

    “Any “inactivated” B. anthracis preparations are to be considered a select agent until proven otherwise.”

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    Observation: The Standard Operating Procedures for the irradiation of B. anthracis spore suspensions did not account for the variable amounts of spores treated in the gamma cell irradiator. This resulted in inactivation failures that led to the transfer of viable B. anthracis to non-registered entities.

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    Observation: The method used for inactivation of the B. anthracis spore suspensions, Cobalt 60 gamma irradiation, was not validated using standardized control spore samples at varying concentrations, volumes, and levels of irradiation before creating spore suspensions that would be released from the facility.”

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    Observation: As of June 5, 2015, Life Science Test Facility [Dugway] has sent unauthorized shipments of live B. anthracis to 52 laboratories located across 19 U.S. states (including the District of Columbia), from January 2005 to May 2015, totaling 74 unauthorized shipments. The B. anthracis preparations that are currently known to contain viable organisms after gamma irradiation inactivation include: Ames lot 1667, Ames lot 70, Ames lot 516,

    Effective immediately, all shipments of “inactivated” B. anthracis preparations are to be suspended. Any “inactivated” B. anthracis preparations are to be considered a select agent until proven otherwise. Before any shipments of inactivated preparations can occur, LSTF must submit definitive proof that the procedures implemented ensure that no viable organisms are present in the preparations.

  2. DXer said

    Dr. Ebright, who has been a learned and influential commentator throughout, emailed yesterday:

    “It seems clear that the irradiation failures were well known to DoD. It also seems clear that irradiation failures mean that the pre-2001 distribution of Ames was wider than previously documented.”

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