"Biological weapons are capable of taking the country past the point of no-recovery," she [Tara O’Toole, a medical doctor and director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies] said. Although the anthrax outbreak was limited and the disease is not contagious, it still overwhelmed laboratories and state and local health departments.
The growing power of biological science has been largely overlooked and little understood by government officials, O’Toole said. Unlike nuclear physics, where it is relatively easy to gauge the intent of research programs, "the only way you can tell the difference between good biology and dark biology is in the application," she said. And by then, it is potentially too late.
—Katherine McIntire Peters, "Nation highly exposed to future terrorist attacks, experts warn," Government Executive Magazine, January 22, 2002