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Bio-Defense Lab's Safety Questioned
11/16/2010
 

A new report contends that federal officials

have underestimated the risks associated with building a new

biodefense lab in northeast Kansas.

The National Research Council notes in a report released Monday

the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has itself estimated

there's a 70 percent chance a pathogen could be released from the

Manhattan lab within 50 years. The DHS estimates such a leak could

cause up to $50 billion in damages.

Homeland Security officials have said the National Bio- and

Agro-Defense Facility will be safe.

But the research council, which is affiliated with the National

Academy of Sciences, disagrees.

Construction of the lab is slated to begin in 2012. It will

research foot-and-mouth and other dangerous animal diseases that

can be passed to humans.

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