Of the 376 survey participants, 79% believe there is a moderate or greater chance of a bioterrorist attack occurring somewhere in the world in the next five years. And, 81% believe there is moderate or greater justification for the increasingly large sums spent by governments on research aimed at preventing and mitigating the effects of such an assault.


But 46% feel that government spending on bioterrorism research is diverting monies from more important investigative areas, and 19% state that this redirected funding has affected their own work in some way.

- Alexander Grimwade

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