This milk terror news is really terrifying because there is no good alternative for milk and off course one cannot go back to his/her mother after passing a certain age limit. However we can hope that new discovery may lead to more research. I am not a scientist but I have an instinct that some thing can be done to prevent the disaster. For example, scientists should research an antitoxin that does not have any harmful effects on human health and make it compulsory to add it to milk at initial stages. Or probably find a reaction agent that is not harmful to human health but at the same time changes milk’s color or density if the toxins are added in milk in its presence. On the other hand people who handle milk must be trained in bio terror prevention.
Group publishes milk toxin study over US objection - Yahoo! News: "It was an unusual move and the academy recommended that this be a test case for a debate over whether studies that could pertain to biological or chemical warfare be classified in the way studies related to nuclear weapons often are.
The academy, an independent body that advises the federal government on scientific and medical matters, met with officials to discuss concerns. 'Following this meeting, the Council of the National Academy of Sciences decided to publish the article as originally accepted, accompanied by this editorial to make clear our reasons for doing so,' Academy President Bruce Alberts wrote in a commentary.
All of the information in the analysis was easily available on the Internet, Alberts argued. He said open publication and debate can make the nation safer.
'Because science advances through the combination of knowledge in unexpected ways, the discoveries of each individual scientist must be made available to a wide variety of other scientists, who can then either build upon or criticize them,' he added.
This 'scientific free-for all,' he said, almost always improves understanding.
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'There is a second advantage to openness. Protecting ourselves optimally against terrorist acts will require that both national and state governments, as well as the public, be cognizant of the real dangers.'
The Department of Health and Human Services disagreed.
'Our concern is that if the academy is wrong, the consequences can be dire,' department spokeswoman Christina Pearson said in a telephone interview.
'Anything that publicizes vulnerabilities in the system that could facilitate an attack on the food supply, that is a concern,' she added"