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Mobile Laboratory to Fight Bioterrorism, Livestock Diseases

It conjures up images of a white-coated SWAT team of scientists. North Dakota State University researchers have unveiled a mobile laboratory to combat bioterrorism and naturally occurring diseases in livestock. The customized fifth-wheel vehicle is designed to get a team of experts to anywhere in North Dakota that an outbreak threatens cattle or sheep, and to get them to the scene as fast as possible. The effort is part of the federally funded “Biosurveillance Initiative,” a collaboration of NDSU, Dickinson State University and Research Extension Centers at Dickinson and Hettinger. The laboratory also will be used through a partnership with the North Dakota Department of Health and the state veterinarian. Full Story

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