Texas Tech Wants Role in Bio Terrorism Defense - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/20/02

Texas Tech Wants Role in Bio Terrorism Defense

Texas Tech University may play a major role in homeland security. Tuesday night, the Senate passed the Homeland Security Bill, which creates an agency to specifically deal with terrorism.

This is the largest reorganization in the federal government in more than 50 years. Part of the bill includes the possibility of universities becoming centers for bioterrorism study and research. "Texas A&M has shown an interest in this, UT, along with the Texas Tech University system, and there is a memorandum of understanding between these three state systems to cooperatively work together in the case there's an opportunity," said Vicki Sutton, Texas Tech Law Professor.

Sutton says the university is a good candidate for getting a center because of its research capabilities and the addition of its new bio-defense, law, and public policy center.

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