When a Paper Can Be a Weapon: Scientists Debate Ways to Police Research on Dangerous Germs

CAMR, A. Barry Dowsett, Photo Researchers Inc.

Unable to culture the SARS virus (shown here) in the laboratory, scientists synthesized a closely-related germ but wondered if the attempt could aid terrorists.
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At this moment, scientists are trying to publish a paper that shows how bird flu can become easily transmitted among mammals, through the air. Just a few years ago, another group of researchers published a report showing they could synthesize a virus...

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