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Lab 257 : the disturbing story of the government's secret germ laboratory

Author: Michael Christopher Carroll
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : HarperCollins Publishers, 2005. ©2005
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Harper paperback editionView all editions and formats
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An expose of the activities of a government biological research lab on New York's Plum Island describes the facility's routine work with exotic viruses and discusses its link to national safety and security interests.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Christopher Carroll
ISBN: 006078184X 9780060781842
OCLC Number: 61769029
Description: xxi, 301 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: Outbreaks: 1975: Lyme connection --
1999: East end meets West Nile --
1967: Demise of the ducks --
Safest lab in the world: Genesis --
Age of science --
Symptoms --
Disastrous incident --
Rift valley fever --
Crossing the Rubicon --
Decline: Kingdom and the glory --
Boomerang --
Meltdown --
Aftermath --
Future: Homeland --
Plum Island prescription --
Fallout: Current affairs at Plum Island --
Source notes --
Acknowledgments.
Other Titles: Lab two fifty-seven
Lab two hundred fifty-seven
Disturbing story of the government's secret germ laboratory
Responsibility: Michael Christopher Carroll.

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An expose of the activities of a government biological research lab on New York's Plum Island describes the facility's routine work with exotic viruses and discusses its link to national safety and security interests.

"Strictly off limits to the public, Plum Island is home to virginal beaches, cliffs, forests, ponds- and the deadliest germs that have ever roamed the planet. This book blows the lid off the stunning true nature and checkered history of Plum Island. It shows that the seemingly bucolic island in the shadow of New York City is a ticking biological time bomb that none of us can safely ignore. Based on declassified government documents, in-depth interviews, and access to Plum Island itself, this is an eye-opening, suspenseful account of a federal government germ laboratory gone terribly wrong. For the first time, Lab 257 takes you deep inside this secret world and presents startling revelations on virus outbreaks, biological meltdowns, infected workers, the periodic flushing of contaminated raw sewage into area waters, and the insidious connections between Plum Island, Lyme disease, and the deadly West Nile virus. The book also probes what's in store for Plum Island's new owner, the Department of Homeland Security, in this age of bioterrorism. This book is a call to action for those concerned with protecting present and future generations from preventable biological catastrophes." -- Publisher description.

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