You may remember when UW-Madison was frothing at the mouth in hopes that USDA/Homeland Security's proposed BSL-4 lab, the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, would be built here.
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In spite of concerns from just about everyone else (who was unlikely to get a bite of the gazillion dollar pie) that the risk was simply too high.
Well, things aren't going so well for the project, and at the heart of the problems is the nagging unresolved problem of safety. What a surprise.
Plans stall for biodefense lab: US National Academy of Sciences reassesses risks of high-security work in cattle country.
28 February 2012