Expert defends Ivins' innocence

Alan Zelicoff, the head of Saint Louis University's Institute for Biosecurity, has expressed serious doubts about the government's official explanation for the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001.
The FBI closed its investigation into the anthrax letter attacks that killed five and sickened 17 others. The bureau claims that the attacks were perpetrated by government scientist Bruce Ivins, who took his own life in 2008. Zelicoff is skeptical of the bureau's explanation that Ivins acted alone, KSDK reports.
"I'm skeptical that he could have pulled this off all by himself," Zelicoff said, according to KSDK. "The spores are easy to grow but getting them into a powder that will aerosolize into the air very easily is no mean trick. It's not generally something microbiologists do."
SLU's Institute for BioSecurity is a distance-learning master's degree program that trains first responders, public health departments and medical personnel to work together in the event of biological warfare or a naturally occurring outbreak.
"Anybody in public health will tell you it's only a matter of time before we have another influenza outbreak," Zelicoff said, KSDK reports. "So, if for no other reason, then we're going to have a naturally occurring outbreak that will be devastating at some point, no one can say when that is, we have to re-bolster our public health infrastructure. And that's what the institute is really trying to do."
The institute has graduates in prominent positions throughout the world, including the head of the Korean CDC's counter bioterrorism program, Zelicoff said.