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.

___

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

KSN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

blog comments powered by Disqus