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Anthrax dust offers no clues.

THE scientist who helped the United States refine anthrax and turn it into a weapon says the bacteria spores used in the recent attacks could have been processed in a variety of ways, making it impossible to trace their source.

"You can process the stuff in so many different ways; I don't think that it will be the smoking gun, " William C Patrick III said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Patrick, who holds patents for techniques used to make weaponsgrade anthrax, said that the type of spores sent to the offices of US Senators could have been processed in a crude laboratory "as long as you are dealing with small quantities of material".
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 21, 2001
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