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The U.S. government wants to know what's inside that bottle of wine you're about to open. And it is spending $600,000 per year at a recently unveiled state-of-the-art laboratory to find out. What grapes were used to make the wine? From what vineyards did the fruit come? Are there any potential poisons lurking in the wine? These are among the questions scientists are working to answer at the National Laboratory Center, which houses both the Scientific Services Division of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the Forensic Science Laboratory of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
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