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Report questions safety of planned biodefense lab

from The Wall Street Journal

A new report contends that federal officials have underestimated the risks associated with building a new lab in northeast Kansas that will study dangerous animal diseases that can be passed to humans. The National Research Council report criticizes placing the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, a college town in the heart of cattle country. The new lab would replace an aging one on Plum Island, N.Y., isolated, 840-acre 100 miles east of New York City. The research council calculates that based on DHS figures, there is a 70 percent chance a leaked pathogen could cause an infection within the next 50 years. more

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