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Experts Question Levels of Bio-Defense Spending

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New York firefighters and U.S. Marines participate in a simulated biochemical attack.

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Since anthrax spores sent through the mail killed five people in late 2001, the federal government has boosted spending on biodefense research and pending by billions of dollars. But some experts wonder if this isn't overkill, and whether some new efforts are doing more harm than good. NPR's David Kestenbaum reports.

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