Regulations increase cost of dangerous-pathogen research

One problem with the policies is that some were based on the measures used to regulate nuclear-weapons research, says Vickie Sutton, director of the Center for Biodefense, Law and Public Policy at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Complex US regulations governing experiments with dangerous pathogens and toxins have reduced research efficiency, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1 this week.

One problem with the policies is that some were based on the measures used to regulate nuclear-weapons research, says Vickie Sutton, director of the Center for Biodefense, Law and Public Policy at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

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