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New Biosecurity Rules to Target the Riskiest Pathogens

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Science  16 Jul 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5989, pp. 264-265
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5989.264-a

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Ever since the Federal Bureau of Investigation implicated U.S. Army researcher Bruce Ivins in the 2001 anthrax letter attacks, U.S. scientists have been nervously anticipating tighter regulations for research involving dangerous pathogens and toxins. But an executive order issued by President Barack Obama earlier this month indicates that the regulations on these so-called select agents may actually end up more streamlined and less burdensome.