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Modern tools of biology could allow someone to recreate a dangerous virus, such as smallpox, from scratch. Dr. Hans Gelderblom/Visuals Unlimited/Getty Images hide caption

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Report For Defense Department Ranks Top Threats From 'Synthetic Biology'

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Health workers killed chickens in a Hong Kong market in 2014 in an effort to stop the spread of H7N9 flu. It's being watched closely as a virus that might spark a pandemic outbreak. Vincent Yu/AP hide caption

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NIH Lifts Ban On Research That Could Make Deadly Viruses Even Worse

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Experiments that showed how to make the H5N1 bird flu virus more contagious raised concern about malicious misuse of laboratory research. Science Photo Library/Getty Images hide caption

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A biologist holds a slide prepared for testing in a micro array for biological hazards at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. Ben Margot/AP hide caption

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U.S. Bioterrorism-Detection Program Is Unreliable, Report Finds

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A security fence surrounds the main part of the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground, a testing laboratory in the Utah desert. The Army says it mistakenly shipped live anthrax from Dugway to several labs in the U.S. and Korea. George Frey/Getty Images hide caption

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CDC Investigates Live Anthrax Shipments

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A rogues gallery of the viruses (left to right) that cause MERS, SARS, and influenza. Niaid; 3D4Medical; Niaid/Science Source hide caption

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Scientists Fight For Superbug Research As U.S. Pauses Funding

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Particles of H5N1 virus — a particularly dangerous type of bird flu that can infect people — attack lung cells. Chris Bjornberg/Science Source hide caption

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Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders

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A high-resolution image of the molecular carrier that moves the botulinum toxin from the intestine into the bloodstream. The carrier (silver) creates gaps in the gut lining by grabbing the rope-like molecules (red ribbons) that tether one intestinal cell to the next. Rongsheng Jin, UC Irvine, and Min Dong, Harvard Medical School hide caption

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Rongsheng Jin, UC Irvine, and Min Dong, Harvard Medical School

U.S. Marine Sgt. Robert Scoggin gets a vaccination against smallpox in 2003 at Camp Pendleton in California — one of the final steps before deployment overseas. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Keep Or Kill Last Lab Stocks Of Smallpox? Time To Decide, Says WHO

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The anthrax vaccine has been given to more than 1 million adults in the military. But no one knows how well it would work in children. Randy Davey/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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