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This week's lead editorial discusses the benefits and potential risks of allowing genomic information to be freely available on the internet-and supports the recent report by the US National Research Council recommending that such information should remain freely accessible to all.



ISSUE: 25 September-1 October 2004

Newswise - This week's lead editorial discusses the benefits and potential risks of allowing genomic information to be freely available on the internet-and supports the recent report by the US National Research Council recommending that such information should remain freely accessible to all.

The editorial comments: 'But while free and open access to these data is a boon to science, it carries some risk: among the genome sequences freely available on the internet are those for more than 100 pathogens, including the organisms that cause anthrax, botulism, smallpox, Ebola haemorrhagic fever, and plague. It is possible that a government, a terrorist organisation, or even an individual could use data from these repositories to create novel pathogens that could be used as
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