SCIENTISTS TRADE BIOWEAPON BARBS Scientists are in a catfight over America's biological weapons research.According to Global Security Newswire, two prominent university scientists accused the U.S. government of engaging in offensive biological weapons research -- research banned by international convention. The pair "hypothesized that the Bush Administration had scuttled a proposed (biological weapons) treaty inspection protocol primarily to prevent discovery of growing, illicit U.S. research."Alan Zelicoff, a senior scientist at the Sandia National Laboratory, rejected the charges, saying that the two were "indulg(ing) in an ugly exercise." The protocol was rejected, he said, because "the risk of loss of proprietary national security and business-related information far outweighed" the protocol's benefits.

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