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Army Lab Lost Deadly Germs in '90s, Audit Says

The Nation | IN BRIEF / MARYLAND

January 21, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Specimens of anthrax, the Ebola virus and other pathogens were listed as missing after an audit of the Army's biological warfare research center in the early 1990s, according to a published report.

Documents from a 1992 Army inquiry also suggest someone was entering a lab at Ft. Detrick, Md., late at night to conduct unauthorized research, according to a story in the Hartford Courant. A counter on a piece of equipment was rolled back and someone misspelled "antrax" when creating a label, according to documents obtained by the paper.

Ft. Detrick officials did not return phone messages.

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