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Concerns over Bio-Labs in Texas flooding!

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    Posted: August 30 2017 at 11:05am
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/concern-over-bio-lab-caught-in-texas-storm_us_59a68bd1e4b05fa16286be5f

Concern is rising for the safety of a biological lab containing deadly diseases on Galveston island, which has been hit by the massive storm devastating southeast Texas.

The Galveston National Laboratory on the campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch contains samples of hundreds of viruses, insects and microbes, which could spread extreme danger if they were to escape. There are several Bio-safety Level 4 labs at Galveston. 

BSL-4 is the highest level precaution taken for work with agents that can be transmitted through the air and cause fatal diseases in humans for which there are no known cures.

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What bright spark built them in such a low lying area?
Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
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Originally posted by Technophobe Technophobe wrote:

What bright spark built them in such a low lying area?

Yeah, pretty amazing, isn't it?  These BSL4 facilities frighten me, which is why I signed onto the Cambridge

Working Group and signed their Consensus Statement on the Creation of Potential Pandemic Pathogens.   The Mad Dr. Kawaoka is engineering advanced avian influenza viruses at this lab in Madison, WI which is within striking distance of Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis-St.Paul. 


The drivers to build these dangerous labs are the prestige-seeking universities and rent-seeking faculty with outstretched hands, looking for research dollars.  There was a rush to build these things post-9/11 but I think we went way overboard.  


This article is about a BSL-3 and BSL-4 complex in Boston:


  http://abcnews.go.com/Health/infectious-disease-lab-irks-bostonians/story?id=18134903



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