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Bioterror Concerns Raised at Universities

Materials that could be used for bioterrorism often are kept in insecure areas and aren’t well-monitored by university research labs funded by the Agriculture Department, federal inspectors say. Trying to reduce post-Sept. 11 opportunities for terrorist attacks, the department’s inspector general found an alarming potential for biological agents, chemicals and radioactive materials could be readily obtained from college laboratories that receive some money from the department. The money generally is used to pay for agricultural studies of those materials. Some of the specimens include diseases and bacteria, such as anthrax and the plague, which could harm people. Full Story

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