- Above is the Harvard pathology department website and
faculty names. As you click on the name we see the research project of
that particular faculty member.
- The attempted murder took place Aug. 26th. I find it
reprehensible that it took two month to notify the public of the event.
Two months. It also took two months to make the changes to the security
by adding more video cameras. It seems to me like Harvard knows more about
the attempt, maybe even suspects a person of interest that the school might
want to protect. Why wouldn't the city police investigate. Why would
the school get to choose who investigates in the case of a crime like attempted
murder and assault? Police would automatically take over.
- Reminds me of the Lindbergh kidnapping case. Col. Lindbergh
took over the investigation and called all of the shots. That should never
have happened either.
- Why should the school be allowed to call the shots?
Again, we have a very strange case of the attempted murder of 6 microbiologists.
- The website gives some idea as to the research of the
faculty and students.
- Experts Discount 'Accident' In Harvard Coffee Poisoning
- By Adam Smith and Jessica Van Sack
- October 26, 2009
- A leading toxicologist believes the chances are slim
that six lab workers at Harvard University Medical School were poisoned
- "An accident? Sodium azide is a poison," said
David M. Benjamin, a toxicologist and Chestnut Hill-based clinical pharmacologist.
- The Herald reported yesterday that six scientists and
students at the New Research Building in Boston's Longwood Medical area
were mysteriously poisoned after drinking from a communal, single-serve
coffee machine on the eighth floor near their pathology lab on Aug. 26.
Seconds later all six reported symptoms including dizziness and low blood
pressure and were taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for treatment.
- "Could it have gotten in the coffee machine inadvertantly?
Absolutely not," Benjamin said of the compound, an odorless white
solid used in labs as a preservative. "It could be considered an attempted
murder or assault."
- Harvard did not make the poisoning public until after
repeated inquiries from the Herald. The university continued to skirt questions
yesterday, with a spokesman referring inquiries to Harvard police, and
the police referring questions back to the spokesman.
- "This is crazy," said a Harvard Medical School
researcher who did not want to be identified. "I don't know why it
would take two months to announce this."
- Although he is not privy to the investigation, medical
school spokesman David Cameron said, "What I know at this point in
time is that all options and potential avenues for how this could have
happened are being very thoroughly and intensely investigated."
- The same substance was used in a string of coffee and
tea poisoning incidents in Japan a decade ago. In one incident, the chief
internist of a Kyoto hospital was found guilty of lacing the green tea
ingested by seven fellow doctors with sodium azide.
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural
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