Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Germ Laboratory

Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Germ Laboratory

by Michael C. Carroll
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Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Germ Laboratory by Michael C. Carroll

Strictly off limits to the public, Plum Island is home to virginal beaches, cliffs, forests, ponds -- and the deadliest germs that have ever roamed the planet. Lab 257 blows the lid off the stunning true nature and checkered history of Plum Island. It shows that the seemingly bucolic island in the shadow of New York City is a ticking biological time bomb that none of us can safely ignore.

Based on declassified government documents, in-depth interviews, and access to Plum Island itself, this is an eye-opening, suspenseful account of a federal government germ laboratory gone terribly wrong. For the first time, Lab 257 takes you deep inside this secret world and presents startling revelations on virus outbreaks, biological meltdowns, infected workers, the periodic flushing of contaminated raw sewage into area waters, and the insidious connections between Plum Island, Lyme disease, and the deadly West Nile virus. The book also probes what's in store for Plum Island's new owner, the Department of Homeland Security, in this age of bioterrorism.

Lab 257 is a call to action for those concerned with protecting present and future generations from preventable biological catastrophes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061842894
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 133,314
File size: 742 KB

About the Author

Michael Christopher Carroll spent seven years researching and writing Lab 257. A native of Long Island and an avid outdoorsman, Carroll is now general counsel of a New York-based finance company. He lives on Long Island and in New York City.

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Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Germ Laboratory 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am about half way through the book and wanted to throw in my two cents. I like all of the history that the author has dug up. It is very interesting to see who was involved with the laboratories and why it was all set up. One thing that I don¿t like so far is that the author states that he wants to present the Plum Island history and info in a factual, non-biased manor but really ends up having quite a different approach. He tries to use the secrecy of the laboratories and the area of research dealing with biological warfare to scare the audience into opposing the functions of the facilities on Plum Island. That¿s all well and good since biological warfare is downright horrible, but all laboratories work under some degree of secrecy and pure evil is not always behind the curtain. I noticed that a previous review included a comment about errors regarding bacteria/virus mix ups and some credibility issues. I think that the author does not have a good understanding of science which impedes his ability to present the scientific side of Plum Island accurately and readers should keep that in mind. It is not a best seller and needs a science beef up but overall I am enjoying it so far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What makes this an interesting read is that the bioagri-weapons researchers can work for different countries, and outbreaks in different countries and in the USA are traced to Plum Island, NY. Instead of a beachy keen tourist destination, Plum Island is presented as a high level bioagri-warfare research center with antiquated facilities and low security just off of the coast of Long Island, Connecticut and around 40 miles from New York City. It explains the massive spraying of pesticides for decades in the tristate area to combat ticks (potential Lyme Disease carriers), mosquitoes (potential carriers of West Nile), etc., since they all could be carrying virulence developed on Plum Island, NY. First its the bioagri-weapons (covered in this book) then the horrid pesticides. A one-two punch knockout. A very, very, frightening read about the USA's Department of Defense.
GT-Colorado More than 1 year ago
The authored raised some interesting questions about the operations at this government lab and how government can mismanage and potential create a biological disaster. The author suggested that Lymes disease and West Nile virus may have been released into the environment from the reaseach and development at this government laboratory. The author does not explain in detail, but suggests this claim. Given the track record of government laboratories and especially those laboratories that are underfunded, it would not come as any surprise to reasonable person. I am doubtful of Lyme disease, although possible given the author does provide any concrete proof there was reaseach conducted with the infectious agent or related microbe associated with Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorfi). The same can be said of West Nile virus, although this agent may be more plausible, though. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book. I question the location of such a laboratory in close proximity to a large metroplitan area and in the path of hurricanes that have struck the facility.
Ethan79 More than 1 year ago
Lab 257 was an exciting book about a secret government germ laboratory that ended up letting out a massive virus into the air and ecosystem. It is placed on Plum Island where they ran tests on animals and contained very deadly germs. Throughout the book it explains how two deadly viruses broke out and became airborne. This book was a wakeup call to me because it shows how the government is hiding things from the people and citizens of America and because of that it has cost lives to be lost. After reading Lab 257 I feel like it has changed the way I think about the US government and how even they have secrets.
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The author is trying to make a conspiracy out of something that really should be left alone. Yes, the island in the book has had incidents in the past, but independent research will confirm these issues have been fixed. The end of the book is a terrorist how-to guide to conducting a biological attack on a city. I would recommend staying away. The proper research was not done and it is clear the author cherry-picked his facts to prove a point.
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Result 2: bios/ result 3: main testing chamber/ result 4 and on: cells/ rules: everyone gets their own cell until we run out room. You are to stay in your cells unless brought out for testing. You are all volunteers, so if you need anything, let us know.
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What happened to all the previous reviews?
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