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Authored by: Reynolds M. Salerno , Jennifer Gaudioso

Laboratory Biosecurity Handbook

Print publication date:  June  2007
Online publication date:  June  2007

Print ISBN: 9780849364754
eBook ISBN: 9781420006209
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The success of laboratory biosecurity starts with understanding and communicating its fundamental rationale. If the rationale is not persuasive to the bioscience community — either locally, nationally or internationally — the implementation of laboratory biosecurity will not be successful. The existence of almost every pathogen in the natural environment seemingly challenges the need to protect those same agents in laboratory settings. Yet we contend that it would be much easier for a prospective terrorist to steal a pathogen from a bioscience laboratory, where the organism has been characterized for its viability and virulence, than to locate and isolate the organism from the environment — or to create it through chemical synthesis or genetic engineering — and then conduct efficacy testing. In other words, we believe that the risk is higher that a terrorist would acquire a characterized pathogen from a laboratory than try to develop it through other means.

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