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On Biowarfare's Frontline

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Science  14 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5575, pp. 1954-1956
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5575.1954

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FORT DETRICK, MARYLAND-- Heightened fears of bioterrorism have shone the spotlight on the Army's biodefense lab, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID)--and pulled its researchers out of their isolation. But at the same time that USAMRIID is helping in the bioterror investigation, the institute is under intense scrutiny as the potential source of the anthrax-and perhaps even the terrorist. Even more threatening to the lab's future, some researchers say, is that it's missing out on the current bioterrorism bonanza.