UCLA opens bioterror lab

A new multi-million dollar laboratory aimed at countering bioterrorism was recently unveiled by scientists from the University of California - Los Angeles.

The lab is a state-of-the-art, high speed, high-volume, automated facility designed to be a weapon against both bioterrorism and infectious diseases. It is capable of quickly identifying diseases in order to stop them from spreading, according to ABCLocal.go.com.

"People around the world can rest a little bit easier because of this lab," Cindy Horn, an advisory board member from the UCLA Department of Public Health, said, according to ABCLocal.go.com. "This has the potential to save hundreds, thousands and maybe even millions of lives- God forbid we ever get to that place.

“It’s been 10 years. This is the best day of my life.”

UCLA’s new lab is equipped to test high volumes of deadly agents quickly.

The lab's $32 million cost was raised through private, state and federal funding.

"With this global bio-lab we will not only have surveillance to know what public health threat may be coming, but to respond to it," State Representative Henry A. Waxman said, ABCLocal.go.com reports. "To give the important info to the appropriate law enforcement people. And even more importantly to train and have available the personnel in public health that will be able to respond in these types of emergencies."