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  1. Smallpox, a powerful virus that is easily transmitted
  2. A "super" smallpox virus that cannot be protected against

In "The Demon in the Freezer", Richard Preston gives us a very detailed and frightening description of the current state of the smallpox virus. Although it is technically located only in two locations throughout the world, Preston suggests that it still poses a major threat to human civilization. I think that Preston did an excellent job at compiling the necessary information to write such a novel, but I feel like the drama surrounding the event may have been an exaggeration.

[...] Demon in the Freezer? by Richard Preston In The Demon in the Freezer, Richard Preston gives us a very detailed and frightening description of the current state of the smallpox virus. Although it is technically located only in two locations throughout the world, Preston suggests that it still poses a major threat to human civilization. I think that Preston did an excellent job at compiling the necessary information to write such a novel, but I feel like the drama surrounding the event may have been an exaggeration. [...]


[...] If this is the case, then there is truly a case for concern. Initiatives must be taken to ensure that access to the smallpox freezer is extremely limited, and measures must be developed that can monitor the disease in other locations and somehow ensure that it does not get into the wrong hands. Overall, I enjoyed the novel and the dramatic aspects of it. Preston wrote the book in a way that made the issue seem very pressing, and if we look at the evidence he has provided, his position is mostly justified. [...]

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