April 13, 2012
Running Time: 04:09:35
Listen to the April 13 meeting webcast for a National Research Council committee reviewing examining the scientific needs and possible alternatives for a foreign animal and zoonotic disease research laboratory in the United States. Currently, a site in Manhattan, Kan., is the proposed location for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), which would study dangerous foreign animal diseases as well as diseases that can be transmitted between animals and people. The facility would replace the aging Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) located approximately 2 miles off of Long Island, N.Y. The Research Council committee will look at various options for a foreign animal and zoonotic disease research laboratory, including building NBAF as currently designed, building a scaled-back version of NBAF, and maintaining current capabilities at PIADC while leveraging BSL-4 laboratory capacity of foreign laboratories.