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AAAS is among more than a dozen leading U.S. science and engineering organizations that helped formulate a list of 14 important science policy questions that they say President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney should be debating on the campaign trail.

As the U.S. Congress considers wide-ranging legislation to tighten safeguards against biological threats, a new report from AAAS and partner organizations offers suggestions on how to minimize security risks while promoting education and cutting-edge research.

The report notes that scientists and security specialists share a common goal of preventing bioterrorism but continue to have differing perspectives on how best to assess risks, promote good research practices, and advance science.