On November 16, Dr. Benito Que, a cellular biologist at the Miami Medical
school, "working on infectious diseases like HIV," was found comatose by
Miami police. Police are calling the case a mugging. Dr. Que showed no sign
of trama to the head.
11/21/2001 -- Boston Globe -- Don C. Wiley disappeared in Tennessee early
last Friday, leaving a rental car on a Memphis bridge. Dr. Wiley's research
focused on the structure of viruses and proteins in the human immune system.
He specialized in the "infectivity" of viruses, bacterias and mycoplasmas,
and worked on AIDS, ebola, smallpox, and infectious influenza. An
award-winning professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Harvard, Wiley
built the first model of the structures of influenza viruses and human cells
that allow the disease organism to infect humans. In 1985, Wiley began
researching how drugs might block the process, using a method called X-ray
crystallography, in hopes of conquering maladies ranging from the common
cold to HIV.
November 23, 2001, the New York Times -- Dr. Vladimir Pasechnik was
responsible for viability of plague as aerosolized bioweapon. He came up
with polymer coating. He also was the successful developer of binary weapons
such as substance A232 and substance 233 Novichok. Former director of the
Institute of Ultra Pure Biochemical Preparations, a component of the Soviet
biowarfare establishment, Biopreparat. Pasechnik defected to Britain in
1989. In England Pasechnik was employed by Porton Down until he joined in
the creation of a private company several years ago. Official cause of
death: stroke. The Times was apparently informed of Pasechnik's death by
the U.K. Ministry of Defense representative on the team which had debriefed
Pasechnik after his defection.
Dec 12, 2001 -- The Washington Post -- Robert M. Schwartz, 57, Loudoun
County biophysicist, murdered in his home, possibly by friends of his
daughter. Schwartz was stabbed several times in a ritualistic slaying that
had "cult overtones," the source said. His body was found facedown with an
"X" carved into the back of his neck. Schwartz was a leading researcher on
DNA sequencing analysis and biometrics. Dr. Schwartz was a founding member
of the Virginia Biotechnology Association. He worked for the past 15 years
with the Center for Innovative Technology, a nonprofit agency, where he most
recently served as executive director of research and development and
university relations, helping to administer grants. Schwartz worked at both
Georgetown University and the University of Maryland and contributed
chapters to the Nucleic Acid Sequence Database. He also worked on the first
national online database of DNA sequence information.
December -- Australia -- Set Van Nguyen, 44, a skilled microbiologist, was
killed at CSIRO's animal diseases facility in Geelong, . He had logged 15
years' experience with the unit. Victoria Police said he appeared to have
died after entering an airlock into a storage laboratory filled with
nitrogen. His body was found when his wife became worried after he failed to
return from work.
There were also two Dartmouth College professors, Half and Susanne Zantop,
murdered in their home back on Jan. 27, apparently by two Vermont teens.
The article did not indicate whether the Zantops were research scientists.
Conspiracy theories on the above!