Stop The Bioterror Lab

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Boston University proposes to build a BioSafety Level 4 (BSL4) laboratory in the densely populated Roxbury/South End Area. This lab, funded and supported by the Bush administration, would research the most dangerous pathogens know to humanity (e.g. tularemia, anthrax, and the Ebola viruses), many of which can be transmitted through the air. The lab would pose catastrophic health and safety risks to the Greater Boston Area, create a potential terrorist target, undermine public health by diverting research funds to military purposes, operate without community or public oversight, and is opposed by the surrounding community. This website contains information about the proposed Bioterror Lab and the campaign to stop it.



Safety Net

The Safety Net is creating a movement of people of color who have been excluded from the decision-making process to confront power directly and demand fundamental changes in the rules of the game, so that we can achieve our right to a healthy environment. The Safety Net began in 2000 to bring together residents from Melnea Cass Boulevard and Tremont Street in the Roxbury area with a focus on the tenants of the ten housing developments in the area... (read more)

Biolab News!

U.S. still unprepared for major biological terrorist attack, report says
As safety trials continue, biolab's future uncertain
Why Did Oklahoma State Cancel Anthrax Research Project?
Boston University: a case of laboratory acquired meningococcal meningitis
Stimulus money headed to primate facility in Southborough
Grad student 'was infected by lab work'
BU student caught bacterial infection from lab, tests show
Boston biodefense complex faces legal challenges
High-Containment Laboratories: National Strategy for Oversight Is Needed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office
Plague researcher dies of infection

Department of Defense Biological Safety and Security Program

The overarching conclusion of this long report is that high biocontainment labs can't guard against theft of bioweapons agents. See the letter from the Office of the Secretary of Defense near the beginning of the document.

The bioterrorism biz
Former BU biolab proponent runs for city council, campaigns against biolab
Biodefense labs make bad neighbors, residents say
MSM Monitor: BU Bummer
10 Genes, Furiously Evolving
2003 Globe article
NIH Needs Another Year for Boston Biolab Safety Review
Biolab continues to face setbacks
Legacy vs Legacy: Tom Menino vs Elma Lewis
Planned biolab delays opening again

Massachusetts does NOT rank highly on preparedness in this latest report (2008) by the Trust for America's health
Deval Patrick names Superior Court Judge Ralph Gants to SJC
Anti-bioterror programs may make U.S. more vulnerable
Biohazards on the subway? Oh, hell naw!

Global disease alert map

Statement on the U.S. Biodefense Program from Communities Living in its Shadow

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