U.S. gears up against biological threats with a new testing chamber

February 23, 2015 4:43 AM

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U.S. gears up against biological threats with a new testing chamber

The U.S. Department of Defense has just unveiled their latest project at Dugway Proving Ground, a U.S. Army facility in Utah – a $39 million dollar chamber designed for testing the nation’s detection systems against biological agents. The defense systems that will be tested there are for detecting air-born agents like plague, anthrax or ricin.

The chamber is called the Whole System Live Agent Test facility, and is large enough to house two complete detection systems for comparison side-by-side. Before the facility was built, detection systems like these had to be tested piece-by-piece. Douglas Anderson, chief of the life sciences division...

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