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Learning the Hard Way

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Science  26 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5470, pp. 1322
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5470.1322

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Barely a week after its festive dedication in June, the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health accidentally released a batch of wastewater into the city's sewage system without properly sterilizing it. When news about the leak reached the press, opponents claimed there had been a cover-up--just as they had predicted would happen in case of mishap--and public opinion soured.