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ETHESDA, Md. — The National Library of Medicine, built during the height of the Cold War, was designed to protect books, documents, and public information from just about anything — even the fallout of a nuclear disaster. Today the current director thinks the library can be a beacon of transparency and openness in an era full of concerns about threats to public information.

NLM Director Patricia Brennan, who heads the $1 billion agency, vows the world’s largest biomedical library will continue to take steps to make data “open and accessible” at a time when the Trump administration has clamped down on making some information available to the public.

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