One Year After: Tighter Security Reshapes Research

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Science  06 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5587, pp. 1630-1633
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5587.1630a

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The first academic year since 11 September brings with it much greater oversight of research. Next week, universities and other research facilities must notify the federal government if their researchers possess any potential bioweapons. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already announced proposed changes to its list of so-called select agents, which will soon be joined by a similar compilation of potentially lethal agricultural materials to be issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Along with the new security measures come huge opportunities for bioterrorism funding (see related story).