US Gov seeks high-risk laboratory location
The US government is considering several locations
for building a new high-security laboratory.
The new National Bio and Agro Defense Facility will
replace the research facility in Plum Island, located roughly100 miles away from
New York City. The new facility will continue the research on foot and mouth
disease, Hendra and Nipah
viruses, African swine fever,
Rift Valley fever and also Japanese encephalitis
â€œThe proposed NBAF would enable us
to meet the challenges posed by the intentional or unintentional introduction of
a foreign animal or zoonotic disease that could threaten the U.S. livestock
industry, food supply and public health,â€ said Homeland Security Under Secretary
for Science and Technology Jay Cohen.
â€¢ National Bio and Agro Defense
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