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October 8, 2003

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Research in the life sciences has fueled advances that have fostered gains in public health and in the development of detection methods to improve America's defenses against biological threats. But some of the technologies that lead to medical benefits also could be used to create biological weapons. To minimize the potential for hostile nations or terrorists to misuse such research, the United States needs to build on existing measures within the scientific community to screen plans for certain types of experiments before they are conducted, says a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council.

Gerald Fink (chair), Member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and American Cancer Society Professor of Genetics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.