Institute to study biological threats

By Christine Metz, Lawrence Journal-World

Kansas State University’s Biosecurity Research Institute is designed to let little in or out.

Just east of the Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium and down the hill from a cow pasture, the 113,000-square-foot facility is guarded with a fence and security team that checks in visitors at the door.

Its purpose is to study some of the world’s most dangerous diseases that can spread through animals or the nation’s food supply. Some, such as avian flu, the plague and anthrax, are well known. Others, such as Rift Valley Fever and exotic bluetongue, are not. All of them are a concern because of their serious threat to humans and animals.

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