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Uncertainty on Bioweapons Treaty

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Science  23 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5512, pp. 2288
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5512.2288b

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Diplomats and technical experts have been struggling for years to come up with an enforcement system for the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) of 1972. But their self-imposed deadline for reaching an agreement is looming, and observers fear that negotiations may end this summer with no consensus. That could cast a pall over the BTWC, which is due for a full international review in November.