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America's war against terrorism is hindering
research efforts on biological agents. New federal bioterrorism laws now
require that researchers report the bioterrorism agents they are investigating
to the federal government and place the expense of building secure facilities to
house the agents on them. The requirements, which researchers and universities
complain are onerous, are causing many scientists to throw in the towel and
destroy their work. Dave Daigle of the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention insists the federal government does not want to frustrate research
efforts into bioterrorism agents, but he says security is the primary motive for
the regulations. "We have some serious agents out there, and we have to make
sure they don't fall into the wrong hands", Daigle said. Even so, scientists
say there has to be a less restrictive way the government can enforce these
regulations, and they note as the United States inches closer to a confrontation
with Iraq, a country with a history of engaging in germ warfare, their research
into biological agents is more important than ever.
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