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"Inconvenient Truths" in the Pursuit of Scientific Knowledge and Public Health

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Clostridium bacteria are highly pathogenic to humans in that they can produce a potent exotoxin such as C. botulinum, which is the cause of botulism food poisoning.
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In this commentary in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, microbiologist and CISAC co-director David Relman discusses the discovery of a new, eighth botulinum neurotoxin and whether scientists should publish their findings. What if the research falls into the wrong hands?

Inconvenient Truths
Inconvenient_Truths.pdf