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Encyclopedia > Kenneth Alibek

Dr. Kenneth Alibek was born Kanatjan Alibekov in Kazakhstan. After earning his medical degree, he joined the field of bioweapons, and eventually became the First Deputy Director of Biopreparat in the Soviet Union. During his years of developing the world's deadliest biological agents, such as a 100% lethal genetically engineered virus combining the Ebola and smallpox viruses (sometimes called Blackpox), Alibek and his colleages worked under the assumption that the U.S. was developing the same types of weapons. After a trip to inspect U.S. facilities for signs of bioweapon development, he discovered that the U.S., unlike the Soviet Union, was abiding by an agreement not to develop biological weapons. Following this realization, and knowing no English, Alibek defected to the United States in 1992, and provided the U.S. with details of the Soviet Union's weapons programs. He is one of the most published of bioweapons experts, producing over eighty articles for classified government bioweapons journals.[1] His current research in Manassas, Virginia focuses on enhancing the power of the general immune system to better respond to bioweapons exposure. A degree is any of a wide range of status levels conferred by institutions of higher education, such as universities, normally as the result of successfully completing a program of study. ... Biological warfare, also known as germ warfare, is the use of any organism (bacteria, virus or other disease_causing organism) or toxin found in nature, as a weapon of war. ... Before the collapse of the USSR, all biological weapons programs were grouped under the single organization of Biopreparat since 1973. ... Genetic engineering, genetic modification (GM), and gene splicing (once in widespread use but now deprecated) are terms for the process of manipulating genes in an organism, usually outside of the organisms normal reproductive process. ... The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) A bacteriophage virus A virus is a submicroscopic parasite that infects cells in biological organisms. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Smallpox (also known by the Latin names Variola or Variola vera) is a highly contagious disease unique to humans. ... Black pox is a symptom of smallpox that is caused by bleeding under the skin which makes the skin look charred or black. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Manassas is an independent city located in the state of Virginia. ...

Before entering the United States, Kazakhstan attempted to employ Dr. Alibek in a top role in their own biowarfare program—which does not officially exist—but he refused.

Alibek wrote Biohazard, a history of the Soviet bioweapons program (particularly, but not exclusively, Biopreparat). This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...

He is currently the Director of Education at the National Center for Biodefense. He serves as a primary instructor in the Biodefense Program at George Mason University.


  1. ^  Interview with Ken Alibek
 Dr. ALibek has recently resigned from his position at George Mason University and joined George Washington University. 



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