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New Indiana lab to reflect bioterrorism concerns

When officials in Indianapolis break ground on Thursday for a $46 million lab and technology building, Indiana will move to the forefront of states that believe placing health and criminal investigative resources together can better serve Americans in the post-9/11 world. “Our needs have changed in the last couple years with more bioterrorism concerns,” said Joe Hunt, an assistant commissioner at the Indiana Department of Health. “What 9/11 did was drive some intensity to be prepared in the event of a bioterrorism attack.” Indiana already was looking to expand its DNA crime laboratories to reduce a backlog and increase its Health Department lab capacity when the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked. Those attacks and the subsequent anthrax scares nationwide solidified the decision to house state police and health labs in one building. Full Story

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