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Live Dangerously: Be a Scientist

Another scientist involved in disease control has beenkilled. David Banks was the principal scientist withBiosecurity Australia and was involved in containing pestand disease threats. He died along with 15 other people whenthe commuter plane he was traveling in went down inQueensland, Australia.

The communications manager at Biosecurity Australiadescribed it as a devastating loss for the country. Hisprimary mission was protecting livestock and plants in thecountry, and keeping diseases from crossing into Australia.He was an expert in the propagation of diseases by insectvectors, among other things.

Since January of 2004, more than twenty scientists are knownto have died in accidents, under suspicious circumstances,or been murdered.

Tom Thorne and Beth Williams, prominent experts on chronicwasting disease, were killed on December 29, 2004, in a roadaccident.

In November, the former head of the Infectious Diseases Unitof the National Institute of Allegies and InfectuousDiseases died in Mexico, with no cause of death given.

In October, Matthew Allison was killed by an explosion inhis car, either due to a bomb or a self-induced explosion.He had degrees in microbiology and biotechnology but was notapparently involved in the field when he died.

In August, Dr. John Clark, an expert in animal science whodeveloped the techniques that led to the creation of Dollythe sheep, the first cloned animal, was found hanged in hishome.

In July, Dr. John Badwey, a biochemist at Harvard MedicalSchool, developed a pneumonia that could not be diagnosedand died.

In June, Dr. John Mullen, a McDonnell Douglas nuclearscientist on contract to Boeing, was killed by a massivedose of arsenic. Also in June, Dallas county's chiefepidemiologist, Dr. Assefa Tulu, died of a hemmorhagicstroke, believed to be an accidental death.

Dr. Eugene Mallove, an alternative energy expert and coldfusion researcher, was beaten to death in May near his home.He had just published a letter stating that it was only amatter of months before the world would see a free energydevice.

Also in May, the body of senior programming analyist WilliamT. McGuire, was found in three suitcases in and around theChesapeake Bay. His murder remains unsolved, and no motivehas been uncovered. He was an adjunct professor at the NewJersey Institute of Technology.

In March, Louisiana State University emeritus professor ofmicrobiology Dr. Vadake Srinivasan died in an auto accidentapparently caused by a stroke.

In January of 2004, Dr. Michael Patrick Kiley, an expert onMad Cow and Ebola died of unexpected heart failure, and Dr.Robert Shope, a virus expert died of lung transplantcomplications.

In October of 2003, another LSU professor, West Nileresearcher Michael Perich, died in a single-vehicle caraccident.

In July of 2003, British biological weapons expert DavidKelly died after allegedly slashing his own wrists whilewalking near his home. He was the Ministry of Defence'schief scientific officer and senior adviser on biologicalweapons to the UN biological weapons inspection teams in Iraq.

Dr. Leland Rickman, an expert on infectious diseases andconsultant on bioterrorism at the University of Californiaat San Diego died during a visit to Lesotho.

The list is a long one, and it goes on. Since 2001, therehave been 47 such deaths reported outside of Iraq, andreputedly numerous scientsts in Iraq who worked on SaddamHussein's weapons programs have been assassinated.

This article was gathered from numerous sources. To readabout the recent death of David Banks,click here.

Steve Quayle maintains an ongoing list of scientists dyingunder suspicious circumstances.Clickhere.

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