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.
Vastag B. Openness in Biomedical Research Collides With Heightened Security Concerns. JAMA. 2003;289(6):686-690. doi:10.1001/jama.289.6.686