* Katherine Heerbrandt: the location of biological agents is top secret in Maryland … including the anthrax lab at the Southern Research Institute’s facility in Frederick, Maryland … why?
Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 1, 2011
see prior posts …
* Dr. Bruce Ivins, upon the poor quality of Dugway spores being produced, and given that he did not trust Battelle to do the spores, thought Southern Research Institute was a possibility
Katherine Heerbrandt wrote in Gazette.com (3/28/11) …
- Maryland state law mandates that the number and location of labs which handle dangerous pathogens remains confidential, including the Souther Research Institute lab in Frederick.
read the entire article at … http://www.gazette.net/stories/03282011/frednew161459_32575.php
About Southern Research …
- Southern Research is a self-sustaining contract research organization and an incorporated affiliate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
- As a leading contract research organization, Southern Research provides preclinical drug development services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies on an outsourced basis. Southern Research provides services in all phases of the early-stage drug discovery and development process and provides clients with comprehensive services and support to assist them in streamlining their custom drug discovery and development programs.
- Southern Research and its staff are recognized internationally for the discovery and evaluation of anticancer therapeutics and the evaluation of antiviral and antimicrobial drugs, biologics, and vaccines.
- One of Southern Research’s labs is located at 431 Aviation Way, Frederick, MD
- Infectious Disease Vaccine Development
- Available Animal Models for NIAID Category A-C Pathogens
Anthrax – NHP, mouse, and rabbit
Inhalational anthrax – mouse and rabbit
NOTE: all of the above is from the Southern Research Institute’s web site at http://www.southernresearch.org/
LMW COMMENT …
- So many secrets in this anthrax case.
- The Maryland law is insane.
- Any facility that works with dangerous pathogens should be known to the public which lives near it and regulated by appropriate public health agencies.
- If there is not adequate security to protect the lab from unwanted intruders, the lab should not be in business.
So why does the Maryland secrecy law exist?
what is the history of the law?
who was behind its adoption?