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A CDC safety net full of holes
A CDC safety net full of holes

The recent safety lapses at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention might have been chalked up to the sloppy work habits of a few employees, easily resolved, if it weren't for the revelation last week that there has in fact been a systemic problem with laboratory safety for a number of years. These problems, involving dangerous pathogens, have been uncovered both at CDC laboratories and at other laboratories around the country that are overseen by the CDC. The problems could easily have endangered human lives. USA Today obtained redacted versions of audits conducted from 2006 to 2009, which found lax security and inventory methods at numerous laboratories that handle...