Court Hears Suit on Biowarfare Laboratory
Smith, R. Jeffrey
Science. 1985 May 17; 228(4701): 827-828.
Background information is provided on a case under consideration in a U.S. district court concerning the Defense Department's efforts to construct a new laboratory at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah for biological warfare tests. The Department is now contending that the laboratory is being constructed only "in anticipation of requirements which may never materialize" and that no work with genetically altered materials "is projected" for the new facility. Opponents of the laboratory argued at a 26 April 1985 court hearing that such recombinant DNA research is inevitable and that its risks must be publicly assessed before the facility is built. A decision in the case is expected within the next few weeks. (KIE abstract)