Here's what would happen if Ebola was stolen from a lab
Scientists routinely study deadly pathogens like Ebola in order to find ways to fight them and discover potential cures. But what would happen if a sample of Ebola was taken from a lab illegally? Under federal regulations, Ebola is considered a "select agent and toxin" that has the "potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety," and it's illegal to possess, use or transfer a deadly pathogen to another individual without a certificate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says John Kraemer, an expert on infectious diseases and the law at Georgetown University's Department of Health Systems Administration.
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