The Galveston National Laboratory does not face the same safety concerns as those pinned on a proposed national lab in Kansas. In a report requested by Congress, the Department of Homeland Security questions the safety of building a lab to study dangerous animal diseases in Kansas. “These labs are quite different as they will study large animals,” said Thomas G. Ksiazek, the director of high containment facilities at the GNL. “The animals would be loose out in the facility, so there’s not a certain secondary containment around the lab animals. When we work with mice or monkeys or tissue cultures, they’re always worked on within a device that limits it being released into a laboratory itself.”