States compete for $450M government biodefense lab

About a dozen different states are competing to host a new, $450 million government BioDefense research lab that will employ about 300 researchers working on avian flu, anthrax, bird flu and more. Officials are expected to whittle down the prospective sites under review this summer as various groups show off their local scientific expertise. States most interested include Texas, California, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi and Kentucky. But not everyone is beating the bushes to rouse support for a new lab. Some residents living near proposed sites have raised their objections to neighboring a lab that will focus on a host of deadly diseases.

- read the report from Time

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