Hey guys, you might want to keep track of this stuff
Similarly, last September, a Newark lab lost track of three mice that were suffering from bubonic plague, the disease thought to be responsible for the Black Death. Plague epidemics usually start with rodent infestations, so losing a few infected mice isn't such a swell idea. But again, authorities say we shouldn't worry — it's likely that the mice were either eaten by other animals in the lab without anyone noticing, or that the "loss" is really a paperwork error.
I don't know about you, but I think that potential sources of bioterrorism should be monitored pretty carefully. If facilities don't have the resources to ensure that paperwork is kept up-to-date and that valuable (and dangerous) property is counted properly, then my guess is that no one is taking the time to guarantee that these things don't get stolen, either. ☼