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Court Hears Fight Over Safety of Lab

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Science  09 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5387, pp. 213-215
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5387.213

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TOKYO-- Ten years after filing suit to block construction of a government laboratory, and 6 years after it opened for business, a retired professor and neighborhood activist last week argued before a Tokyo district court that the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in downtown Tokyo poses unacceptable health risks to residents and that its research should be halted. The institute disagrees. In a country where successful challenges to government institutions are rare, the case is being watched closely.