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Has Biodefense Gone Overboard?

Science  04 Mar 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5714, pp. 1396-1398
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5714.1396

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Summary

The 9/11 terrorist attacks and the anthrax letters triggered a vast program to protect the United States from bioterrorism. Three years later, some scientists complain that it is hurting basic microbiology--and ultimately, public health (see p. 1409).