The United States Postal Service has been working on a system that detects anthrax in mail ever since the anthrax scare in 2001. Well, it found a way and one of those systems will be installed right here in mid-Michigan.
It's called the Biohazard Detection System or BDS. Four machines will be delivered to Lansing's Processing and Distribution Center Saturday and should be up and running by the first week of August.
The machines work by taking samples of air in the mailroom. Anthrax DNA is housed in the system and through a series of fluid samples and cartridges, it will detect if there's anthrax in the mail in the mailroom. We're told there's no scenario that could be the system.
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