Manhattan en New Kansas Biodefense Lab Officially Gets Underway <p>Kansas officials will formally break ground on a new federal biodefense lab in Manhattan.<br><br>Officials including Gov. Sam Brownback and leaders of Kansas State University will hold a ceremony Tuesday as ground is broken for the lab's utility plant.<br><br>It marks the start of construction on the $1.15 billion National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, scheduled to be operational by the end of the decade.<br><br>The lab will research dangerous animal diseases and ways of protecting the nation's food supply.<br> Tue, 28 May 2013 11:20:21 +0000 Associated Press 17885 at