King holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University. King has taught writing at colleges and universities in Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois, clerked for the Hon. Eugene Siler, Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and worked as a staff attorney for the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund. He was on the faculty at Western Kentucky University before resigning to complete this book.
Ed Hammond, former director of the Sunshine Project gives Germs Gone Wild the following review: "A superb guided tour of the demented world of twenty-first century bioweapons research in America, where dangerous new labs seem to pop up on every street corner, the lines between offense and defense blur, and people who question the wisdom and safety of it all are derided by their own government."
Preliminary Observations on the Oversight of the Proliferation of BSL-3 and BSL-4 Laboratories in the United States, Oct. 4, 2007
DHS Lacks Evidence to Conclude That Foot-and-Mouth Disease Research Can Be Done Safely on the Mainland, May 23, 2008
Perimeter Security Assessment of the Nation's Five BSL-4 Laboratories, Sept. 2008
BSL-4 Laboratories Improved Perimeter Security Despite Limited Action by CDC, July 2009
Observations on DHS's Analyses Concerning Whether FMD Research Can Be Done as Safely on the Mainland as on Plum Island, July 30, 2009
High-Containment Laboratories: National Strategy for Oversight Is Needed, Sept. 2009