The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston Pdf
Download The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston Pdf book free online. The anthrax assaults in October 2001, the first significant bioterror occurrence in the United States, served as a wake-up call for scientists working with “hot” agents to identify strategies to safeguard civilian populations against biological weapons. Richard Preston takes us into the heart of USAMRIID, the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland, once the headquarters of the US biological weapons program and now the epicenter of national biodefense in The Demon in the Freezer, his first nonfiction book since The Hot Zone, a number-one New York Times best seller. GET FREE AUDIOBOOK
Peter Jahrling, USAMRIID’s top scientist and a wry virologist who cut his teeth on Ebola, one of the world’s most devastating new viruses, has ORCON security clearance, which grants him access to top-secret bioweapons intelligence. His top objective is to create a smallpox-fighting medicine that actually works. The smallpox virus was formally eradicated from the earth in 1979, in one of modern science’s great victories. It now remains in just two high-security freezers: one at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, and the other in Siberia, at a Russian virology institute named Vector. The demon in the freezer, on the other hand, has been let out. Illegal stocks are almost certainly in the hands of unfriendly regimes, such as Iraq and North Korea. Jahrling is troubled by the fear that hidden lab biologists are utilizing genetic engineering to develop a new superpox virus, a smallpox virus that is immune to all vaccines.
When the first anthrax letters were opened in New York and Washington on September 11, USAMRIID issued a Delta Alert and activated its emergency response teams. D.C. Preston describes the government’s response to the attacks in unprecedented detail and takes us inside the current FBI investigation. Dr. Steven Hatfill and top-level FBI agents were interviewed for his narrative.
At the CDC, Jahrling is in charge of a group of scientists that are conducting contentious research with live smallpox virus. Preston takes us into the lab where Jahrling is resurrecting smallpox and explains what could be at stake if his last audacious experiment fails with cool and devastating clarity.
About the Author
The Hot Zone, The Demon in the Freezer, and the novel The Cobra Event are all bestselling books by Richard Preston. Preston has been a writer for The New Yorker since 1985 and is the only nondoctor to earn the CDC’s Champion of Prevention Award. He is also a recipient of an American Institute of Physics prize. Preston is a New Yorker who lives on the outskirts of the city.