Md. lab germ research halted for records probe

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Army says it has suspended research at its flagship biological weapons defense laboratory in Maryland while it inventories pathogens.

The lab was the workplace of Bruce Ivins, who killed himself in July after learning he would be charged in the 2001 anthrax mailings that killed five people.

A memo obtained by The Associated Press says workers are examining the contents of all refrigerators and freezers at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick in Frederick.

Institute commander Col. John Skvorak wrote that he believes some vials of pathogens and toxins are likely not listed in a laboratory database.

The memo to lab workers was first reported by the Internet blog, ScienceInsider.

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