UNC Drops Animal Research Lab Plans

The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill is dropping plans to expand its animal research center because of higher costs.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday the school is giving up $14.5 million in federal stimulus money because the school determined it would need another $20 million for the project.

The school had planned to add two buildings to the Bingham Facility to house dogs and hogs used to study hemophilia and heart disease. The animals are in an old center in Carrboro the school hoped to close.

UNC's Bob Lowman says fixing a wastewater treatment system and other related additions would cost more than the university expected.

The school had been fined $15,000 in May for allowing untreated wastewater into a creek near the Bingham Facility.


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  • by Linda Location: Pitt on Aug 6, 2010 at 05:44 PM
    Dont worry Wise One and Dave, I understand. I just think it should just die down a lttle.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Aug 3, 2010 at 05:19 PM
    It is very ignorant of those of you who have chosen to bash UNC. Animal testing is what leads to major scientific advances which help us live healthier, more productive lives. As for reading the Qu'ran, I did not read one verse of it for a single class of mine during my 4 years of undergrad at Carolina. Summer reading books are meant to be controversial in order to create dialogue, but no one is forced to read anything against their choice. If you sign up for Arabic studies, then you should expect to read the Qu'ran; however, if you do not sign up for a class in which this book is pertinent, then you don't have to read it. Some of you are directed by pure ignorance. Go Tar Heels!
  • by Too Expensive? on Aug 3, 2010 at 12:11 PM
    Just take money away from the other UNC schools like you always do.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 3, 2010 at 08:43 AM
    I agree with the post below. Why do you think the Qu'ran is a bad thing? I think the people of ENC need to stop being so closed minded. It's not required in UNC's curriculum at all, but why shouldn't you read it? I think we all need to open our eyes to the world and get out of the ENC closet.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Aug 3, 2010 at 08:14 AM
    Anyone who complains about animal research should completely stop the use of all medications, make-up, and all health care and beauty products. And also all surgical procedures and I hope you deny any cancer treatment if it ever becomes necessary. If you do not you are a hypocrit because animal testing was used on ALL of them. unc-ch required that their incoming freshman read a book called "Understand the Quran". But would they ever require or even consider a book called "Understanding the Bible"? It is however very true that if unc-ch had their way their would be no advanced health care East of Raleigh. There would be no ECU Medical School, no ECU Nursing School, No ECU Dental School, and ultimately no Pitt County Memorial Hospital. They fought against all of these things.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 3, 2010 at 07:05 AM
    Some people love to spread hatred! To be honest I am christian and would love to read the Qu'ran its a beautiful book open for interpretation according to my father who is catholic...So reading a religious book from any religion doesnt automatically makes you part of it. Dont be so judgemental! Read it and then comment!
  • by Moderators Nightmare on Aug 3, 2010 at 06:58 AM
    Yeah, open your EYES! If you are from ENC, don't send your kids to a school that didn't want you to have decent medical care here.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 3, 2010 at 06:37 AM
    To the Qur'an.....Where in the world do you get your info? My daughter just graduated from UNC and it wasn't part of her curriculum. I'm sure it might be for some majors, but they don't promote it! Open your eyes.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 3, 2010 at 06:22 AM
    Maybe they're really saving money for that fine the NCAA will slap them with for those football violations. @The Qur'an...um, what?
  • by Moderators Nightmare on Aug 3, 2010 at 05:45 AM
    I'm surprised at this news, their greed has never stopped them before.
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