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Spread Accountability, Not Germs, at CDC

The latest anthrax scare is far from the first at the CDC. Calls for a national oversight body now seem overdue. 
Someone has to take charge.

It would have been alarming enough if scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had just inadvertently shipped deadly anthrax samples to other labs not equipped to handle them -- without even properly sterilizing them first. What's worse is that this was one in a string of lab mishaps since 2006 involving anthrax, botulism bacteria, a dangerous strain of Brucella bacteria and lethal bird flu virus.

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