Medicine: Germs for World War III?

For 22 months, at the Army Chemical Warfare Services' Camp Detrick, Md., a team of bacteriologists, physicians, chemists, engineers, geneticists and biophysicists worked in secret. Their job: to find the best way to produce a rain of germy death for World War II. Unused, their discoveries are still on the shelf.

Last week the results of their work, with the deadpan title, Experimental Air-Borne Infection, were published (Williams & Wilkins: $4). This project's chief was serious, dark-eyed Theodor Rosebury,* now back at his old job as associate professor in the department of bacteriology...

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