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Universities Review Policies for Onsite Classified Research

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Science  22 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5559, pp. 1438-1439
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5559.1438

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BOSTON-- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the latest major U.S. research university to review its policy toward classified research, which is now banned from the Cambridge campus, in the wake of last fall's terrorist attacks. Government officials have suggested that homeland security may require academic scientists to withhold the fruits of some research, such as the genetic sequences of potential bioweapons or the recipes for toxic chemicals. Such a step would clash with policies at most major research institutions, however, which state that such restrictions are detrimental to teaching and scholarship.