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Australia Opens Molecular Lab in Timor-Leste to Combat Exotic Animal Diseases

by Henry Jom

A portable molecular lab that will be used to detect exotic animal diseases and biosecurity threats has opened in Timor-Leste following a seven-year joint project between Australia and the Timorese government.

Created in partnership between Agriculture Victoria and Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the purpose-built lab aims to equip Timorese vets with resources to sample suspect animals and provide a diagnosis before the disease can spread.

Speaking at an opening ceremony in Timor-Leste’s capital, Dili, Australian Ambassador Bill Costello said the molecular lab would enable the two neighbouring countries to work closely on biosecurity issues…

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