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    Art Janke

    Art Jahnke began his career at the Real Paper, a Boston area alternative weekly. He has worked as a writer and editor at Boston Magazine, web editorial director at CXO Media, and executive editor in Marketing & Communications at Boston University, where his work was honored with many awards. Profile

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There are 4 comments on State Approves NEIDL Biosafety Level 3, 4 Research

  1. If BU really thought this lab were completely safe, they would build it on their own campus instead of putting it in Roxbury, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Boston, and a neighborhood which is largely very angry that it is being built there, given all the environmental hazards the area has already been subject to. If you look back over the past 15 years, all bioterrorism (anthrax, smallpox, etc) was caused by accidents in labs like these, not ever by outsiders. Shame on BU for building this center in a densely populated area. I’m disgusted by the university’s actions.

    1. The lab was built on the eastern-most edge of Roxbury, on the BU Medical Campus property, about as far away as it could possibly be from residents while still being part of the Medical Center (where many of the researchers work).

      If the detractors actually took a tour of the facility, like I did when they were offered, you would see that this place has an insane amount of security, protocols, and layers of protection to ensure the safety of those working there, and of the area where it is located. Most of the research that would be done there involves dead viruses/bacteria, or those that are not spread through the air. For the very few truly dangerous, easily spread viruses, the protocols in place for the safe storage and handling of these things is more than enough to handle any contingency you could think of.

      No, I don’t work there, and I am not a researcher of any kind. I am just an average Joe who was curious about this place, and was VERY satisfied with just how safe and secure this facility really is.

  2. I am completely disgusted by BU for doing this. The lab is actually NOT meant as a public health initiative at all– it’s actually pretty explicitly a bio-defense lab, is funded as a line item of the department of defense, and is supposedly creating vaccines against potential biological weapons aka also creating biological weapons. The website for it makes it pretty clear that this is what the lab is REALLY for. (ps ebola is not a real public health threat, if they really cared about public health they would focus on things that are really killing people, etc)

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