Forgotten vials of ricin, smallpox and plague uncovered in NIH labs review

September 6, 2014 4:43 AM

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Forgotten vials of ricin, smallpox and plague uncovered in NIH labs review

The agency began an intensive investigation of all its facilities after a scientist in July found vials of smallpox dating from the 1950s, along with other contagious viruses and bacteria that had been stored and forgotten in one lab on the NIH’s campus.

Friday, the NIH said in different facilities, it found small amounts of five improperly stored “select agents,” pathogens that must be registered and kept only in certain highly regulated laboratories. All were found in sealed and intact containers, with no evidence that they posed a safety risk to ...

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