Federal judge OKs Boston U disease research lab

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has given Boston University approval to open a research lab that would study some of the world’s deadliest pathogens.

The lab has been opposed by residents of the city’s South End neighborhood for years, but a judge in her decision Monday said public risk from the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory is “extremely low or beyond reasonably foreseeable.”

The lab now only needs a final review from the Boston Public Health Commission.

Some portions of the lab have already opened to study less dangerous germs.

A BU spokesman tells The Boston Globe (http://b.globe.com/1aKsuSo ) the ruling affirms “our view that that this type of research can be done safely in Boston.”

The Conservation Law Foundation, which opposes the lab, says it is weighing it options and may appeal.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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