Local, national and International media have quoted faculty and staff experts at the Monterey Institute and its Center for Nonproliferation Studies repeatedly over the past several days in their coverage of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan.
LA Times Cites CNS Research on Botox Bio-Terrorist Threat
May 26, 2010
A May 25 post by Los Angeles Times health blogger Rosie Mestel cited the findings of a recent study by researchers at the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies regarding the potential for commercially-available counterfeit botox to be used as a bio-weapon. The post references an article in the current Scientific American (subscription only) in which MIIS professors and CNS researchers Ken Coleman and Raymond Zilinskas state that "Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) is grouped with the world’s most lethal potential biological weapons agents… This biowarfare potential puts the existence of illicit laboratories churning out the toxin and of shady distributors selling it worldwide through the Internet into a more disturbing light than most pharmaceutical fraud."
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An article by MIIS professors Ken Coleman and Raymond Zilinskas is cited by the Los Angeles Times in a piece about the potential use of commercially-available counterfeit botox as a bio-weapon.