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Biotechs seen as a key in fight vs. terrorism

But industry asks: Will it be profitable? Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told international biotechnology executives yesterday that they need to make combating terrorism one of their top priorities. It’s the biotechnology industry that has the intellectual might to develop the technology to detect biological weapons, treatments for the diseases they cause and tests to identify the symptoms, Ridge said. Biotech has the technology to help keep the nation’s food and water systems safe, and to improve the surveillance network that now monitors 30 cities around the country for signs that a biological agent has been released, he said. “The private sector must take the lead here,” Ridge said during a luncheon speech to the biotechnology insiders. “We need and want your best ideas.” Full Story

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