Protest potential at Harvard's Stem Cell Institute

Peaceful protests vs. biotechnology vowed - The Boston Globe

Twenty thousand people are expected to attend a 4-day biotech conference that starts tomorrow at the South Boston Convention Center. Boston Police expect 1,500 protesters during the event.

Allston residents have been asking for months about protest activity that might be related to the bio-tech research building that Harvard wants to build on Western Ave. There is no shortage of controversial activities and initiatives proposed for that building:

- Harvard Stem Cell Institute
- Microbial Sciences
- Origin of Life studies
- Global Neglected Diseases
- Storage of live animals for research purposes

Members of the community have repeatedly asked Harvard about plans to handle protests, vandalism, or other legal or illegal things that people might do. Basically Harvard's response has been that we shouldn't worry about this. Everything will be fine.

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