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Tighter security proposed for labs and staff handling risky agents and toxins

A high-profile federal advisory panel has recommended that 11 dangerous agents and toxins—including the causative agents of anthrax, ebola and foot-and-mouth disease—be designated highest risk, or “tier 1”, in the government’s National Select Agent Program.

The panel also proposed in its report that research labs working with such materials should significantly augment their personnel and physical security measures. The panel suggested that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Bioterrorism Risk Assessment Group should shift the process of vetting foreign nationals requesting access to these agents from a periodic to a regular process.

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