- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A Washington laboratory has secured a federal contract to help test medicine that could be used to treat survivors of a nuclear attack.

The Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1T21Ha9 ) that SNBL USA in Everett will be one in a pool of labs used to determine which drugs best treat radiation poisoning.

SNBL Vice President of Business Development Mark Crane says the lab has added 40 workers to prepare for the five-year, $20 million-per-year contract. He says SNBL expects to hire another 20 to 30 people.

The lab is expected to expose mice, rats, pigs and monkeys to radiation during testing. But Northwest Association for Biomedical Research executive director Ken Gordon says SNBL works hard to minimize the animals’ pain and suffering.

This is SNBL’s first federal contact.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

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