Friday, October 31, 2008
The Geography of Biodefense
Two recent stories in the press have drawn attention to some really questionable decisions to site biodefense facilities.Wired magazine looks at
the possibility of a level 4 biosafety lab, specifically a National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility
, being built at the existing Plum Island Animal Disease Center just off of the tip of Long Island. Of course, the primary question being the wisdom of such a facility being located so close to the most populated city in the country.
The New York Times looks at the existing Robert E. Shope Medical Laboratory at the University of Texas in Galveston
, one of two facilities pushed by the post 9-11 Bush Administration. The second facility, to be located in Boston University Medical Center, has met much more resistance than has emerged in Galveston. Both facilities will study highly contagious and lethal pathogens, from Ebola to drug-resistant tuberculosis.
While no longer active, the Sunshine Project
is a great resource for how these facilities are funded, regulated and sited.