August 29, 2011

'Biowatch' Sniffs Air For Deadly Microbes

Marcus Wohlsen, MSNBC

AP Photo

Just hours after the first death in the 2001 anthrax attacks, Tom Slezak was told to gather his team, collect his gear and get on a plane.

The longtime Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory biodefense researcher landed at Andrews Air Force Base outside the nation's capital and immediately realized he was on the front lines of a new type of war.

"We were met by a colonel in the Army," Slezak recalled. "He said, 'Our nation is at war. And you've been drafted.'"

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TAGGED: Biological Weapons, Bioterrorism