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Mizzou-Led Consortium Vying for New Biodefense Laboratory

April 30, 2006 - Posted at 12:45 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ A group led by the University of

Missouri-Columbia is in the running to build a national bio and

agro-defense facility for the Department of Homeland Security.

The 400 million dollar mid-Missouri lab would replace the

Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York. It would be used to

investigate infectious diseases, bio-terrorism threats and to react

to health emergencies.

The Mizzou-led consortium includes Washington University, St.

Louis University, the Danforth Plant Science Center, the Kansas

City Area Life Sciences Institute and several animal health

companies.

But some Columbia-area residents worry the project could be

risky for the community, since the lab will handle West Nile virus,

avian flu and mad cow disease.

A spokesman for D-H-S says the government will make a short list

of the 29 applicants this fall.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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