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The Anthrax Scare of 2001
Kathleen A. Cornely
In the weeks following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, anthrax-laced envelopes were mailed to individuals in government and the news media. Thousands were treated for exposure, and five people were killed. At the same time, scientists solved the last remaining pieces of the anthrax puzzle and the mechanism of infection of the anthrax toxin is now well understood. Developed for a second-semester biochemistry course, this case presents students with a wealth of biochemical, microbiological, and immunological material to analyze. It also explores important societal issues related to national preparedness against bioterrorist attacks, funding for biodefense research, and the use and misuse of antibiotic therapy.
|Keywords:||Bacillus anthraci; anthracis; inhalation anthrax; cutaneous anthrax; bacteria; bacterial disease; biological weapon; bioweapon; Cipro; antibiotic resistance; Sverdlovsk|
|Topical Area:||Ethics, Policy issues, Social issues|
|Educational Level:||Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division|
|Type/Method:||Analysis (Issues), Discussion, Role-Play, Student Presentations|
|Subject Headings:||Biochemistry Microbiology Public Health|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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