Courtesy of Scott Bauer, ARS
Four weeks after delaying publication of a paper at the request of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the
In the paper, professor of management science Lawrence M. Wein and graduate student Yifan Liu of Stanford University explain how bioterrorists could poison the US milk supply with trace amounts of botulinum toxin. The authors detail the amount needed to kill hundreds of thousands of people, the manner in which the toxin could sneak into the milk supply, and the interventions that could head off such an attack.
In an accompanying editorial, Bruce Alberts, president of the National Academy of Sciences, notes that