National Security and the Biological Research Community

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Science  25 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5594, pp. 753-754
DOI: 10.1126/science.1078329

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As terrorists show their potential to exploit scientific discoveries, the scientific community has begun to respond by discussing how to preserve the openness of scientific information while upholding national security. In this Policy Forum, Atlas discusses some of the difficult questions that need to be faced and calls for a conference like the historic Asilomar meeting in which scientists steered the course of research into recombinant DNA technology.