News FocusBIOTERRORISM

Security Rules Leave Labs Wanting More Guidance

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Science  21 Feb 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5610, pp. 1175
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5610.1175

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The U.S. government's effort to regulate bioterror research appears to be off to a rocky start. Key elements of the sweeping new security rules are vague, confusing, and possibly counterproductive, say scientists and university administrators in comments filed by last week's deadline. Research leaders are also frustrated that the government has yet to explain how it will conduct mandatory background checks, due to begin next month.