Biolabs In Your Backyard: Inside America's secretive biolabs

Number 27229
Subject Public Safety
Source USA Today
State
Year 2015
Publication Date March 2015-December 2015
Summary A USA TODAY NETWORK investigation revealed hundreds of safety accidents have occurred at secretive biolabs that have proliferated under U.S. counterterrorism policies, yet fragmented regulation lets troubled facilities keep experimenting with dangerous pathogens. Labs and regulators – often citing federal bioterrorism laws -- fought reporters seeking access to even basic information about lab accidents as well as government inspections and enforcement actions. The series has resulted in congressional investigations, an internal CDC review that prompted the replacement of a top lab regulator, and a White House recommendation for greater transparency and public accountability about lab operations and accidents.
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Keywords biolabs; regulation; transparency; counter terrorism; secrecy
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