Bruce Edwards Ivins

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Bruce Edwards Ivins (April 22, 1946July 29, 2008),[1] was a United States government microbiologist and vaccinologist[1] and senior biodefense researcher at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, Maryland.[2] He reportedly committed suicide prior to formal charges being filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for an alleged connection to the 2001 anthrax attacks,[3] which killed five people and made 17 others ill. At a news conference at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) on August 6, 2008, FBI and DOJ officials formally announced that the Government had concluded that Ivins was likely to have been solely responsible for "the deaths of five persons, and the injury of dozens of others, resulting from the mailings of several anonymous letters to members of Congress and members of the media in September and October, 2001, which letters contained Bacillus anthracis, commonly referred to as anthrax."[4][5]


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