Insight - U.S. rolls back oversight of potentially dangerous experiments

August 13, 2014 5:39 AM

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Insight - U.S. rolls back oversight of potentially dangerous experiments

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As U.S. lawmakers investigate the anthrax and bird flu breaches at a federal laboratory, they have begun to question whether outside oversight of research using dangerous microbes is as independent as federal agencies claim.

They are scrutinizing the actions of the nation's leading biomedical research institute, the National Institutes of Health, which in 2004 established a panel of independent advisors to make recommendations about research on pathogens that could be used as biological weapons.

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