Lab to tackle world’s most dangerous animal diseases

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April 2, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Biosafety specialist Margie Juergensmeyer demonstrates pipetting at Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute. (Nomin Ujiyediin for Harvest Public Media)

In the wake of Sept. 11, federal officials said the United States needed a new, state-of-the-art facility to defend against bioterrorism and stop diseases that could devastate the country’s farm economy and threaten human lives. They chose Manhattan, Kansas, as the site of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. The plan was to have it up and running last year. But that date has fallen ever deeper into the future. At best, it’ll open in 2022, at a price that surpasses the original budget by $800 million. This is part two in a three-part series looking at the matter.

 

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