Archive for Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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July 11, 2012


— The National Research Council is scheduled to release a new report that assesses three options for building a new biosecurity lab in Kansas.

The review set for release Friday was requested by the Department of Homeland Security as it continues the process for building the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility on a site near Kansas State University.

A panel of experts is determining if the lab will be built as planned, scaled back or if the government will keep its existing animal research capabilities at Plum Island, N.Y.

The $1.14 billion Kansas site would replace the Plum Island site. However, Congress hasn't approved funding for construction of the new lab over concerns about its cost, scope and whether the United States needs the lab.


Joe Blackford II 5 years, 8 months ago

Security IS the Downside DHS Refuses to Talk About

Every one of the promised 300 researchers will be conducting "Dual Use Research;" defined by the National Institutes of Health as:

'Research yielding new technologies or information with the potential for both benevolent and malevolent applications is referred to as "dual use research."

For instance, ,information from certain life sciences research can be misapplied to create dangerous pathogens for employment as weapons, bypass or diminish the effectiveness of medical countermeasures, or threaten in other ways the health and safety of humans, animals, plants, and the environment.'

So Far, the only successful Bioterrorist on US Soil was a 19-year employee of the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases.


"Amerithrax, short for American anthrax attacks, was a multi-agency investigation led by the FBI. It was launched in October 2001, when letters laced with anthrax powder were mailed to NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, U.S. Senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy, and media offices in New York and Florida. Five people were killed and another 17 were sickened in the attack. The FBI’s ensuing investigation led to the U.S. government biological research facility at Ft. Detrick, Maryland and eventually centered on pathologist Bruce Ivins as the culprit. A wide range of investigative documents from the years 2001-2010 are available here."

squawkhawk 5 years, 8 months ago

To bad that a handful of jaded politicians will end up making this program cost millions of dollars more simply because they can't stand the fact that Kansas was chosen for the new site rather than their own states. Politics as usual I guess.

blindrabbit 5 years, 8 months ago

Kinda like the delays involved with the SLT. In this case though, Kansans should forming lines to reject this potential disaster. Unlike the SLT, this is a no-fix once the problem exists.

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