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New Director Appointed for National Animal Disease Center

posted on June 2, 2006

The federal government's largest animal disease laboratory has a new director.

Kurt Zuelke, an animal reproductive physiologist, is the new head of the USDA's National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa.

Zuelke's recent research focused on discovering and understanding the molecular mechanisms that lead to early embryonic death in swine.

In his new job in Ames, he inherits allegations that the National Animal Disease Center may have improperly disposed of animal waste into the city's waste-water treatment system. In addition, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources cited the Center for violating state air-quality standards for loading too much waste into incinerators, failing to record how much waste was burned and failing to monitor pollutants.

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