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Dear Editor,

I am concerned about the placement of antimicrobial soap in the soap dispensers in the bathrooms in Bldg. 10's 11th floor. Soap is just fine and doesn't need antimicrobial agents. In fact, with the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the addition of antimicrobial agents to soap will just create more resistant bacteria. The biocide in the soap will breed biocide-resistant bacteria, and then what biocide will you use in the future? NIH is the last place where this soap should be popping up.

I was hoping you would investigate this matter and perhaps publish an article relating to this problem, urging NIH to remove the antimicrobial soap.

Dr. Mini Varughese,
NEN Life Science Products

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