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Bruce Ivans case: Anthrax questions
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of New York Times

New York Times, April 23, 2010
Posted: May 3rd, 2010

A former Army microbiologist who worked for years with Bruce E. Ivins, whom the F.B.I. has blamed for the anthrax letter attacks that killed five people in 2001, told a National Academy of Sciences panel on [April 22] that he believed it was impossible that the deadly spores had been produced undetected in Dr. Ivinss laboratory, as the F.B.I. asserts. Asked by reporters after his testimony whether he believed that there was any chance that Dr. Ivins, who committed suicide in 2008, had carried out the attacks, the microbiologist, Henry S. Heine, replied, Absolutely not. At the Armys biodefense laboratory in Maryland, where Dr. Ivins and Dr. Heine worked, he said, among the senior scientists, no one believes it. Dr. Heine told the 16-member panel, which is reviewing the F.B.I.s scientific work on the investigation, that producing the quantity of spores in the letters would have taken at least a year of intensive work using the equipment at the army lab. Such an effort would not have escaped colleagues notice, he added later, and lab technicians who worked closely with Dr. Ivins have told him they saw no such work. Whoever did this is still running around out there, Dr. Heine said. I truly believe that.

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