BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS are being much discussed in Congress these days, as well as around the world, and the US House of Representatives in particular has been considering two related resolutions.
Representative Wayne Owens (D-Utah) is the sponsor of both the recently reintroduced resolutions. (More detailed discussions are found elsewhere in this issue.)
Recent Days' Debate
One, which has been under study by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, would require that "all federal research, development, testing, and evaluation of the medical aspects of the use of biological agents in the development of defenses against biological warfare" be conducted through the National Institutes of Health, whose main campus is in Bethesda, Md.The other, in its original form, would have required the Secretary of Defense to publish annually in the Federal Register the biological agents being used in defense research. Members of the Committee on Armed Services changed that requirement