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Congress Adopts Tough Rules for Labs

Science  31 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5573, pp. 1585-1587
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5573.1585b

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Biomedical and agricultural researchers working with potential bioweapons face an array of new regulations under a new U.S. law aimed at combating bioterrorism. Science lobbyists say that the rules, passed overwhelmingly last week by Congress, are more reasonable than earlier drafts developed last fall immediately after a wave of anthrax-tainted letters killed five people. But they remain cautious until the Bush Administration spells out how it plans to implement the law.