The Cubanology Blog: Biotechnological Development under the Castroit Tyranny
By Humberto (Bert) Corzo
The Castroit regime started its biological program in 1982, and since then has done extensive research and development in the field of bioterrorism for military purposes. Since the early nineties Castro’s tyranny has spent $3.5 billion in the development of facilities to be used in the “Bacteriological Warfare.” This research is conducted, among others, in the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), the most important one, created in 1986, La Habana, at a cost of $150 million; the Finlay Institute, remodeled in 1994 at a cost of $10 million; the National Center of Bio-preparations (BIOCEN), inaugurated in February 1992, with a cost of $15 million; Center of Molecular Immunology (CIM) open in December of 1994, with a cost of $10 million; Institute of Tropical Medicine Pedro Kourí (IPK), relocated in 1992 at a cost of $ 12 million. The CIA suspects these facilities are used for developing biological weapons. Cuba has been classified by the State Department as a terrorist nation. Castro’s hatred and hostility to the United States represents, without any doubt, a very serious threat due to the proximity of Cuba, just 90 miles from Key West.
The CIGB counts with laboratories for research and production of biological agents. It is enabled with modern equipment and instruments such as fermenters, centrifuges, mass spectrometers, gamma counters, DNA synthesizers, etc. It has a zone for housing laboratory animals, zones of isolation, white and thermal rooms, which are required for the manufacture of biological weapons. The center counts with all the equipment, instruments and facilities to produce biological weapons.
The Finlay Institute main functions are the research and development of bacteria and viruses of tropical diseases such as influenza, dengue, yellow fever, encephalitis, etc. One of the three areas of the Institute is of maximum security, furnished with equipment and instruments for the production of biological weapons.
BIOCEN has developed innovative techniques to obtain culture media from alternative sources of protein. The majority of the most lethal toxins are extracted from fish. This development is vital for the production of biological weapons.
The CIM specialize in the investigation of cancerous agents and the development of toxins, viruses and bacteria highly resistant to known antibiotics. The laboratories are equipped to carry out cell culture, immunochemistry and radiochemical research. In its facilities secret investigations are carried out. The CIM counts with all the elements for the production of biological weapons.
The IKP counts with the most modern equipment for the research and development of biological weapons based on tropical viruses and pathogenic bacteria. The Institute has conducted research on dengue hemorrhagic fever, yellow fever, malaria, etc., All of which can be used as biological weapons.
Dr. Manuel Cereijo has an excellent article on the biological development, “Cuba: The Threat” ((http://www.lanuevacuba.com/archivo/manuel-cereijo-85.htm), which provides detailed information on the more important biotechnological centers.
In areas near the facilities of these centers have taken place epidemics of viral hepatitis, hemorrhagic conjunctivitis and hemorrhagic dengue. The biotechnological research centers are used as a smoke screen for the elaboration of biological weapons.
In the decade of the 80s in the Girón Medical School viral hepatitis caused a certain number of casualties among the physicians and biologists, who were doing research on it, due to improper handling of the virus. Also in that decade were carried out propagation experiments of conjunctivitis and hemorrhagic dengue in the IPK. The “escape” from the institute of fruit flies caused an outbreak of hemorrhagic conjunctivitis in the Siboney neighborhood, where the Institute is located…….Learn More
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