Campus News

Brave new biolab

The Scientist reports that the Department of Homeland Security is seeking locations to build a $451 million, 500,000 square-foot, high-security animal biolab to replace its 55-year old animal disease lab on Plum Island, N.Y. UGA professor of veterinary pathology Corrie Brown is quoted on why the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is necessary. Globalization is causing worrisome agricultural diseases to move around the world more frequently, “so the diseases we used to think we could stop at our borders, we’re pretty sure we probably can’t stop them at our borders anymore,” she said.