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Scientists charged with trying to export bacteria

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Two former Canadian Food Inspection Agency researchers face charges for trying to take 17 vials of pathogens out of the country.

Klaus Nielsen, a world-leading researcher in brucella infection, and fellow researcher Wei Ling Yu have been charged with breach of trust by a public officer after what the RCMP called a "complex investigation."

At issue is a bacteria called brucella, which can infect humans and animals. The disease it causes, brucellosis, can spread from animals, particularly cattle, to humans. Brucellosis was eradicated in domestic animals in Canada more than 20 years ago, but still exists in some parts of the world.

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