Is it possible that all those seas of volumes of big biological data being churned out in the life sciences could be accessed by hackers and would-be terrorists seeking to create bioweapons?

Researchers all over the world are pumping out information on a growing list of nasty diseases and dumping it into various types of databanks and resources. Meanwhile, hackers seem to be able to access all sorts of secure networks, from Amazon to the Pentagon.

How worried should we be about that?

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