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January 28, 1998

Biological Warfare and the ‘Hiroshima' Issue of JAMA

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Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(4):274-275. doi:10.1001/jama.279.4.271

To the Editor.—One interesting sidebar to the biological warfare story was not mentioned in the Editorial by Dr Lederberg.1 At the same time that the United States participated in the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention of 1972, President Nixon and Congress were shaping the "War on Cancer," which was signed into law in December 1972. This concatenation provided the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare with the unique opportunity of petitioning the White House to permit, for the first time, the National Institutes of Health to expand beyond its Bethesda campus by opening the laboratories at Fort Detrick to cancer research by the National Cancer Institute.

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