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War Research Service

The War Research Service (WRS) was a civilian agency of the Merck & Co. pharmaceutical firm, the WRS was headquartered at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

Being a civilian agency, the WRS was initially tasked to supervise the military Chemical Warfare Service's biological program. However, the WRS was disbanded in 1944, and the weapons research was continued under the exclusive oversight of the CWS.[1]


  • National Academies: Committees on Biological Warfare, 1941-1948
  • (Chapter 4)Cutting Edge: A History of Fort Detrick
  1. ^ Luther E. Lindler, Frank J. Lebeda, George Korch, Biological Weapons Defense: Infectious Diseases and Counterbioterrorism, Humana Press, 2005, ISBN 1-58829-184-7, p. 156

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