James Rollins is more than a thriller author. He's a veterinarian, a man of science, and writes best-selling novels evocative of Michael Crichton and Isaac Asimov, but with a uniquely imaginative flavor of their own.
Last month, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released a thoughtful report recommending against studying the anthrax vaccine in children. I might have agreed, had I not spent a year co-chairing an IOM report on protecting the public from a deadly anthrax attack.
There has been much discussion as to how Congress and the president should ensure that the U.S. is safe from a bioterrorist attack. But there has been relatively little discussion in comparison as to how we would respond if an attack did occur.
Mommies understand the importance of security. In fact, it's safe to say that we represent the real frontline in domestic security. The threats we deal with are real. They are imminent. They are snotty.