A study looking into the safety of Boston University's newly built National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratory has been delayed, which has in turn pushed back to at least the coming fall a court decision on the fate of the facility.

A court decision on the opening of the 192,000-square-foot, $198 million Biosafety Level 4 lab, entrenched in a long-running legal dispute, will be delayed until fall of 2010 at the earliest, and possibly later.

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