UC Davis may one day house the Western National Center for Biodefense and Emerging Diseases and its Biosafety Level 4 labs, equipped to study deadly pathogens such as ebola, anthrax, and hantavirus.
Using public lands in California and Oregon as a backdrop this August, President George W. Bush toured the West, stumping for his “Healthy Forests” initiative.
The National Institutes of Health will not fund a Level 4 biodefense research facility at UC Davis.
During planting season, a Sacramento Valley rice farmer’s fields are hardly fields at all. They are still, square lakes separated by dikes and occupied by white egrets.