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House Bill15090 Transcript

House Bill15090 Transcript

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Transcript of House Bill 15090 Part 5 - proves the Department of Defense (DOD) asked for $10 million from Congress to fund the creation of HIV - or as they say a “synthetic biological agent, an agent that does not naturally exist and for which no natural immunity could have been acquired..."
Transcript of House Bill 15090 Part 5 - proves the Department of Defense (DOD) asked for $10 million from Congress to fund the creation of HIV - or as they say a “synthetic biological agent, an agent that does not naturally exist and for which no natural immunity could have been acquired..."

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1970
HEARINGSBEFORE A SUBCOMMITTEE OF THECOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONSHOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESNINETY-FIRST CONGRESSFIRST SESSIONSUBCOMMITTEE ON DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSEAPPROPRIATIONS
H.B. 15090
PART 5RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST, AND EVALUATIONDepartment of the ArmyStatement of Director, Advanced ResearchProject AgencyStatement of Director,
Defense Research andEngineering
Printed for the use of the Committee on AppropriationsU.S.GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICEWASHINGTON : 1969UNITEDSTATES SENATE LIBRARY[pg.] 129
TUESDAY, JULY 1, 1969 SYNTHETIC BIOLOGICAL AGENTS
There are two things about the biological agent field I would like tomention. One is the possibility of technological surprise. Molecularbiology is a field that is advancing very rapidly and
eminentbiologists believe that within a period of 5 to 10 years itwould be possible to produce a synthetic biological agent,an agent that does not naturally exist and for which nonatural immunity could have been acquired
.MR. SIKES. Are we doing any work in that field?DR. MACARTHUR. We are not.MR. SIKES. Why not? Lack of money or lack of interest?DR. MACARTHUR. Certainly not lack of interest.MR. SIKES. Would you provide for our records information on whatwould be required, what the advantages of such a program wouldbe, the time and the cost involved?
 
DR. MACARTHUR. We will be very happy to.(The information follows:) The dramatic progress being made in thefield of molecular biology led us to investigate the relevance of thisfield of science to biological warfare. A small group of expertsconsidered this matter and provided the following observations:1. All biological agents up the present time are representatives of naturally occurring disease, and are thus known by scientiststhroughout the world. They are easily available to qualifiedscientists for research, either for offensive or defensive purposes.2.
Within the next 5 to 10 years, it would probably bepossible to make a new infective microorganism which coulddiffer in certain important aspects from any known disease-causing organisms
. Most important of these is that it might berefractory to the immunological and therapeutic processes uponwhich we depend to maintain our relative freedom from infectiousdisease.3.
A research program to explore the feasibility of this couldbe completed in approximately 5 years at a total cost of $10million
.4. It would be very difficult to establish such a program. Molecularbiology is a relatively new science. There are not many highlycompetent scientists in the field. Almost all are in universitylaboratories, and they are generally adequately supported fromsources other than DOD. However, it was considered possible toinitiate an adequate program through the National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council (NAS-NRC). The matter wasdiscussed with the NAS-NRC, and tentative plans were plans weremade to initiate the program. However decreasing funds in CB,growing criticism of the CB program, and our reluctance to involvethe NAS-NRC in such a controversial endeavor have led us topostpone it for the past 2 years.
It is a highly controversial issue and there are many whobelieve such research should not be undertaken lest it leadto yet another method of massive killing of largepopulations
. On the other hand, without the sure scientificknowledge that such a weapon is possible, and an understanding of the ways it could be done, there is little that can be done to devisedefensive measures. Should an enemy develop it, there is littledoubt that this is an important area of potential military

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