To break a stalemate between the two (and counting) committees charged with deciding whether to destroy the last smallpox samples, the WHO has come up with an optimistic solution: another committee. You can read an update on what's going on in the process over at Nature.


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Because it's important to keep samples of a terrifying disease that has no real medicinal or scientific value, which was completely beaten by a coordinated effort of the world's health providers, you know....I mean, it's potential as a weapon wouldn't have anything to do with the lag in getting rid of it.........would it? Of course not!! Haha! That'd be silly!