Texas A&M Still Waiting for Approval to Resume Biodefense Work

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

AUSTIN (AP) - Texas A&M University officials say the school has
done its part to prepare for the resumption of biodefense experiments.

A&M officials had hoped to have the program running again by the
end of the year, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
says it's still investigating the program.

The CDC suspended the program this summer when it learned about
problems including the school's failure to report that researchers
were exposed to bioweapons agents.

A&M System Chancellor Mike McKinney says the university has
addressed all of the CDC's requests to fix shortfalls outlined in a
report by federal investigators.

In the meantime, biodefense researchers at A&M have been working
in other labs, the program lacks any federal funding and suspended
experiments are in limbo.

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