CDC Shuts Down Army Lab’s Disease Research
CDC Shuts Down Army Lab’s Disease Research
The agency cites lapses in biosafety procedures at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Maryland.
CDC Shuts Down Army Lab’s Disease Research
CDC Shuts Down Army Lab’s Disease Research

The agency cites lapses in biosafety procedures at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Maryland.

The agency cites lapses in biosafety procedures at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Maryland.

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