The Interim Central Reference Laboratory opened its BSL-3 facility in Odessa, Ukraine, in June of 2010. Created in alliance with the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program, the biocontainment facility will enable scientists to secure and eliminate weapons of mass destruction in former Soviet states. The Interim Central Reference Laboratory will also support research on infectious diseases and pathogens. Other BSL-3 facilities are under construction in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.
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