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Night at the Pentagon

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorJune 10, 2009 11:16 PM


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Via the Danger Room, we learn that a science division of the Pentagon has been funneling millions of dollars to a research institute at the American Museum of Natural History that studies evolutionary biology and genetic adaptation. In actuality, the money comes courtesy of New York Rep. Charlie Rangel's earmark requests. Congressional earmarks get a lot of bad press, but as the Danger Room reports,

with Rangel's backing, the Institute has been working to create a predictive algorithm for modern pandemics, using data on how viral influenzas morph and spread.

I don't have a problem with that.

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