Science, Security Experts Mull Issue of Genomic Data Access and Bioterror Risk | GenomeWeb

Most bioinformaticists consider unrestricted access to genomic data a fundamental right, but heightened security concerns in the US are forcing the scientific community to rethink that assumption. At a workshop hosted by the National Research Council on Oct. 1, a panel of scientists and security experts discussed the implications of open access to genomic data for potential agents of bioterrorism, and considered mechanisms for restricting access to that information in the interests of national security.

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