Although the go-ahead was given in 2008, the U.S. has made little progress on bringing to fruition a proposed biosecurity laboratory near Manhattan, Kan. Debate about the site's suitability continues, and construction is estimated to cost more than $1 billion. Supporters of the project note that as a biosecurity level 4 facility, it will be more secure than the current Plum Island, N.Y., lab, and the Kansas site has space for testing on large animals. Opponents raise concerns about the cost, possible threats to Kansas' large-animal industry and the area's frequent tornadoes.
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