Two Schools Win Bioterror Labs
Wall Street Journal; D10
Boston University and the University of Texas have been selected by the federal government to become part of the National Biocontainment Laboratory network, joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Army base Fort Detrick in Maryland, and the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in New Mexico. The facilities will house hundreds of scientists working in the field of vaccine research and handling deadly substances like anthrax, plague, and smallpox. The schools will each get a $120 million grant as part of the Bush administration's attempts to step up the United States' anti-bioterrorism activities. All of the facilities will earn the highest safety designation of Level 4, according to the National Institutes of Health.