Bio Lab Step Forward For Kansas

By: AP
By: AP

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas officials say landing the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is another milestone in efforts to become a world leader in animal health research.

The $450 million lab will study livestock diseases and some of the world's most dangerous biological threats.

The vice president of research at Kansas State University, Rob Trewyn, said Tuesday the seeds were sewn in 1999, when the university established a program for homeland defense food safety, security and preparedness.

That led to construction of the Biosecurity Research Institute on campus and greater collaboration with other researchers and animal health firms.

Kansas State is on the western edge of the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, stretching to Columbia, Mo. More than 125 animal health firms are in the region.


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