BU Lab Seeking Permission To Study Hazardous Biological Agents

Boston University Bio Lab Seeking Permission To Study Hazardous Biological Agents

BOSTON (AP) — Boston University plans to ask the state for permission to study less hazardous biological agents at a completed biolab also designed to study some of the world’s most dangerous pathogens.

The $200 million, 192,000-square-foot facility on the university’s medical campus was completed in 2008 but has not been used because it has been tangled in the permitting process and challenged in court. Opponents say the lab is too close to their residential neighborhood.

The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories was designed in part for researching some of the world’s most dangerous pathogens, including Ebola and plague.

The university said Friday it will seek a waiver from state environmental regulators so less dangerous germs, including the bacteria that causes tuberculosis, can be studied.

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  • http://stopthebiolab.wordpress.com stopthebiolab

    This is what we have been fighting for for years. BU is finally considering our alternative use plan, in which we propose they study and find cures for the diseases already in our neighborhoods that make thousands sick every year. We have enough health problems without shipping in Ebola and anthrax; with this plan we might be able to get them to find cures for diseases that impact us locally, that would have far less hazardous if accidentally released, and far more beneficial if new treatments are found. Who in the US will benefit if they cure Ebola? No one will, but what if they find new ways to fight antibiotic resistant bacteria, what the WHO calls the world’s real leading health risk? Find out more about the plan at our community website, http://www.stopthebiolab.wordpress.com. Post, comment, and start a discussion; if they don’t hear our voices we can’t complain if they don’t listen!

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