Luisa M. Massimo*, and Daniela Caprino
Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology,G. Gaslini Research Children’s Hospital, Genova, Italy
Received Date: September 17, 2014; Accepted Date: September 18, 2014; Published Date: September 24, 2014
Citation: Massimo ML, Caprino D (2014) Children’s Safety and Security . J Bioterror Biodef 6: e114. doi: 10.4172/2157-2526.1000e114
Copyright: © 2014 Massimo LM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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