Three lab mice carrying deadly strains of plague have turned up missing from separate cages at a bioterror research facility in Newark, sparking a hushed, intensive investigation by federal and state authorities.
Officials said the animals could have been stolen from the center or simply misplaced in a colossal accounting error at one of the top-level bio-containment labs in the state.
“The FBI has expended substantial resources and put many agents into this investigation to satisfy — among other things — the most compelling question of whether public safety is at risk,” said Special Agent Steve Siegel, a bureau spokesman.
He said the investigation was continuing. The agents on the case are members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force and experts in biological agents that can be turned into weapons of mass destruction.
This is a story to keep your eye on. It may be nothing… hopefully it isn’t.