Biosecurity and Research: Minimizing Adverse Impacts

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Science  30 Apr 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5671, pp. 687
DOI: 10.1126/science.1096911

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Because of concerns about bioterrorism and biological weapons, the United States recently instituted security regulations governing a list of pathogens and toxins. The regulations seem daunting, and this is causing researchers to decide whether or not they want to possess a listed agent. The authors of this Policy Forum believe a workable balance between security and research can and must be achieved; they discuss how that balance could be reached.