Sent naked into battle


By Debora MacKenzie PLANS to vaccinate all 2.4 million US military personnel against anthrax are in fresh trouble. Research notes from a crucial test of the vaccine in monkeys suggest that, while jabs may keep soldiers alive after an anthrax attack, they will become too sick to fight. This follows a damning report earlier this year, in which Congress called the plan a “medical Maginot Line” (New Scientist, 26 February, p 5). For most US troops, the problem is academic anyway, as the army has run out of vaccine. George Robertson of BioReliance in Rockport, Maryland,
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