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State Attorney General Proposes Registry For Biological Agents

Posted October 19, 2001 4:59 a.m. EDT

— State investigators are concerned that they do not know how many labs in the state may hold biological agents.

On Friday, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper proposed a state registry that would require labs to tell the state where dangerous biological agents are kept.

"We can also make it easier for law enforcement to quickly track down a biological agent used in a crime which may have come from one of our labs," he said.

The law would also force research labs to report how much they have stored and take steps to keep the material from being stolen.

Cooper's request will go before lawmakers next week. The registry would be the first of its kind in the nation.