The dedication and ribbon-cutting to open the $1.25 billion National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, KS, was held during the run-up to Memorial Day. But the Plum Island Animal Disease Center remains open as the new NBAF won’t be handling those dangerous animal pathogens for maybe a year.

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Continue Reading USDA turns the lights on at the new bio-level 4 lab but keeps Plum Island running for now

The USDA has named the executive director of Canada’s National Centers for Animal Disease to head the new U.S. National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, KS.

Dr. Alfonso Clavijo’s appointment as NBAF’s first director is the latest indication that USDA’s long transition from conducting its most dangerous animal
Continue Reading USDA names director for animal disease lab under construction

America’s riskiest animal disease research can be housed in less space than the $1.14 billion facility planned for construction in Manhattan, KS, says a blue chip panel of scientists from the National Research Council. And, their report also reveals, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security believes that “given the need
Continue Reading Most Hazardous Animal Disease Lab Can’t Be Built on Plum Island