Texas A&M fined $1 million for lab violations

Feb. 21, 2008
School's lapses involved safety and security of biodefense materials

Texas A&M University has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services a $1 million civil penalty for safety and security violations involving research with biodefense materials. The department's Office of Inspector General says it's the largest penalty ever imposed for violations involving so-called select agents and toxins. A&M President Elsa Murano says the university proposed the fine and took full responsibility for the lapses, which included failure to report exposures of researchers to toxic microbes. None of the researchers had lasting ill effects.

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