Irradiating Mail

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Noah Adams talks with Ronald Atlas, professor of biology at the University of Louisville, who advises the government on bioterrorism. He says that ionic radiation in the form of an electron beam will kill anthrax spores within letters and packages. But it's unclear how the postal service can adapt the current technology, which is used to irradiate food and sterilize medical equipment, to handle the bulk of mail throughout the country.



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