Building the Perfect Bug
Virology, Rogue Science, and BioterrorismStreaming Video - 2012
Why did Dutch virologist Ron Fouchier and his team of researchers purposely engineer a lethal, airborne bird flu virus? That's the first of many questions raised in this timely, eye-opening investigation. Why did Fouchier, in an uncanny parallel with American scientists who conducted similar experiments, decide to publish his findings and openly share his working methods? Can the deadly microbes he produced be contained securely, or are they vulnerable to bioterrorists? Interviewed in the film, Fouchier and a respected American virologist, Dr. Vincent Racaniello of Columbia University, defend the controversial research while Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Laurie Garret and other experts highlight the tremendous risks it poses.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, , c2012
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (26 min.) : sd., col
Uniform Title: Virology, Rogue Science, and Bioterrorism