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Terror Risk Screening of Bioresearch Is Urged

Panel Also Recommends Better Cooperation Between Scientists and National Security Community. Researchers conducting biotechnology experiments in the United States should submit their plans in advance to specially trained panels of scientists and national security experts who would decide whether the research’s benefits are outweighed by the potential for misuse by bioterrorists, an independent panel recommended yesterday. In a widely anticipated report, the National Research Council, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, also called for the creation of a high-level federal board to facilitate a new degree of cooperation between biologists and the national security community. If implemented, the recommendations could substantially revamp the way biotechnology research is overseen in this country by urging — though not legally requiring — drug and biotechnology companies and privately funded research institutions to submit to a level of federal review that until now has been mostly applied to publicly funded scientists. Full Story

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