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House passed weaponized tick amendment

The House of Representatives recently passed a very interesting amendment to the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The amendment, which was offered by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), directs the Inspector General of the Department of Defense to look into the possibility that DOD labs were involved in the weaponization of ticks between 1950-1975. The amendment's inspiration, according to Rep. Smith, came from books and articles suggesting that certain U.S. government facilities engaged in research that turned ticks and other insects into bioweapons - by stuffing them with pathogens that cause disease, disability, and even death in humans. Between 300,000 and 437,000 cases of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are diagnosed each year in the United States.

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