'Destructionists' Fight to Keep a Dream Alive

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Science  15 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5562, pp. 2005
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5562.2005

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An op-ed piece in the Baltimore Sun on 4 February castigating research on the smallpox virus was the latest flare-up in a long-running battle between destructionists--those who believe the last known stocks of the variola virus should be destroyed--and retentionists, who want to keep them around for study. Post-11 September, the retentionist philosophy is carrying the day.