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Medical News and Perspectives
February 12, 2003

Openness in Biomedical Research Collides With Heightened Security Concerns

JAMA. 2003;289(6):686-690. doi:10.1001/jama.289.6.686

Washington—With questions regarding national security omnipresent since September 11 and the anthrax attacks last year, it was simply a matter of time before scientists were called on to defend the practice of publishing research that government security watchdogs deem potentially harmful. Now, following a string of recent basic biology articles, two groups who until recently rarely shared a stage—scientists and national security experts—are finding themselves at odds.

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