The world’s scientists and health organization leaders are debating whether or not to detroy the world’s last officially existing stocks of the virus that causes smallpox. The last known naturally-caused case occurred in 1977. But bioweapons experts say it could be important to have smallpox immediately at hand if the disease were to break out again. A panel talks about the pros and cons of destroying these stores of a potentially lethal virus.


  • Donald Henderson Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies
  • Charles Carpenter Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine Committee on the Assessment of Future Needs for Variola (Smallpox) Virus
  • Dr. Alan Zelicoff Senior scientist in the Nonproliferation and Arms Control Division of Sandia National Laboratories


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