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Kansas wins controversial biolab?

Manhattan, Kansas has been chosen as the site for the much-contested $450 million government biolab, which will house research on some of the most highly infectious human and animal pathogens, according to a draft document from the Department of Homeland Security leaked to the press. (Click linkurl:here;http://www2.ljworld.com/documents/2008/dec/03/nbaf-preferred-alternative-selection-memorandum/ for the document, posted by the Lawrence Journal World and News.) The decision on the prospectiv

Alla Katsnelson
Manhattan, Kansas has been chosen as the site for the much-contested $450 million government biolab, which will house research on some of the most highly infectious human and animal pathogens, according to a draft document from the Department of Homeland Security leaked to the press. (Click linkurl:here;http://www2.ljworld.com/documents/2008/dec/03/nbaf-preferred-alternative-selection-memorandum/ for the document, posted by the Lawrence Journal World and News.) The decision on the prospective lab, called the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), has yet to be finalized by federal officials -- a process which could take a month, the linkurl:Kansas City Star;http://www.kansascity.com/105/story/921286.html reports. However, other sites which have been competing for project -- including facilities in Athens, Ga.; Butner, NC.; Flora, Miss., and San Antonio, TX, -- may not take the news lying down. "Let me just simply say that we're looking at (a challenge) very seriously because we do think we have the best site and...
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