Before we got down to the business at hand, I had to ask: who came up with the title Germs Gone Wild?

“That was me,” he replied. “My editor came up with the rest,” referring to the book’s subtitle: How the Unchecked Development of Domestic Bio-Defense Threatens America.

I still think that Germs Gone Wild would make a great reality show. At the very least, they should put The Real World on Plum Island for a season.

Located off the coast of Connecticut, Plum Island is the home of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, a DHS-funded facility that studies things like hog cholera and foot-and-mouth disease. The Department of Homeland Security is currently in the process of moving it inland, to Manhattan, Kansas.