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March 13, 2006

USNews.com: Bird flu is now an ocean away. When will it reach the United States? More important, can it be stopped?

 
USNews.com: Bird flu is now an ocean away. When will it reach the United States? More important, can it be stopped? (info)
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/health/articles/060320/20birdflu.htm
Starting in April, researchers from several federal agencies will test roughly 100,000 birds, dead and alive, as well as bird feces, in Alaska, Hawaii, and the lower 48. The survey was launched in 1996; this year's endeavor will test eight times as many birds as in the previous years combined. The samples will be run through a network of 39 federal, state, and university laboratories equipped to do rapid polymerase-chain-reaction testing, which copies bits of DNA, and can handle 18,000 samples a day, part of a national laboratory upgrade funded by post-9/11 federal bioterrorism programs.

Posted by dymaxion at March 13, 2006 10:17 PM

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