March 17, 2008
Residents of Boston have lived with some of the world’s most renowned research facilities for years. But never have they felt as threatened as they do with Boston University’s new bio-terrorism lab, classified as Level 4 (the most hazardous level), which will be researching some of the most dangerous pathogens in the world, including Ebola, anthrax and plague.
While BU officials assert that the lab poses “no credible threat to public safety,” residents of the Roxbury and South End neighborhoods in which it will operate have a different take on the situation. Is it mere coincidence that the lab is to be situated in a lower-income residential area? Many residents have banded together to fight the injustice of this development, and recently celebrated a victory in a new study stating that the original National Institute of Health safety report was flawed.