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Wingnuts. Democracy. Congress Matters. FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right. Hidden history of US germ testing. Fifty years ago, American scientists were in a frantic race to counter what they saw as the Soviet threat from germ warfare.

Hidden history of US germ testing

Biological pathogens they developed were tested on volunteers from a pacifist church and were also released in public places. The remarkable story is told in a BBC Radio 4 documentary, Hotel Anthrax. In the 1950s, the Seventh-day Adventist Church struck an extraordinary deal with the US Army. It would provide test subjects for experiments on biological weapons at the Fort Detrick research centre near Washington DC. The volunteers were conscientious objectors who agreed to be infected with debilitating pathogens. Electoral Compass USA. Media Matters.