2003 CPEO Military List Archive

From: CPEO Moderator <cpeo@cpeo.org>
Date: 10 Feb 2003 14:57:59 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Rome crowd backs bio-defense lab plan
New York
Rome crowd backs bio-defense lab plan
Griffiss in running for national-level facility
Fri, Feb 7, 2003

More than 200 people crowded into the Strough Middle School cafeteria
Thursday to hear top state health department officials explain plans to
put a national vaccine research and development laboratory at the former
Griffiss Air Force Base.

The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, a branch of
the National Institutes of Health, has requested proposals for two new
bio-defense labs "to conduct research on pathogens that ... pose the
greatest risks to civilian populations in the event of a bioterrorist
attack," the institute said.

Such a lab at Griffiss Business and Technology Park could mean 300 new
jobs for Rome.

The prospect of dozens of scientists working with bacteria and viruses
ranging from smallpox to Ebola didn't dampen Romans' enthusiasm for the

"You're offering us something phenomenal," Rome Realtor Mark Malorzo
said. "It's exciting. It's necessary. Why not Rome?"

He said, "Is there a risk? Every time you walk out your door, it's a

The institute said that national security demands more research to
identify biological threats and to develop vaccines and therapeutic
drugs, but there aren't enough top-level laboratories available to do
the work.

A new facility at the Griffiss park could bring to the community the
kind of prosperity that the Air Force brought for more than a half
century before the Air Force base closed in 1995, some speakers said

This article can be viewed at:

  Prev by Date: [CPEO-MEF] Fort Detrick's Tower of Doom To Come Down
Next by Date: RE: [CPEO-MEF] APGSCC Perchlorate article
  Prev by Thread: [CPEO-MEF] Fort Detrick's Tower of Doom To Come Down
Next by Thread: [CPEO-MEF] Lawmaker worries Navy already made jet decision

CPEO Lists
Author Index
Date Index
Thread Index