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Working in the Hot Zone: Galveston's Microbe Hunters

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Science  28 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5466, pp. 598-600
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5466.598

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GALVESTON, TEXAS-- The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) here is quietly building a topflight center for the study of emerging tropical and infectious diseases, and luring many experts who previously might have scoffed at the idea. The newcomers are working together in a Center for Tropical Diseases, which has excellent facilities and a critical mass of bright minds to collaborate with. UTMB is also planning to build a biosafety level 4 lab, of which there are currently just a handful in the world; that would allow Galveston researchers to study any virus they want to and really put their center on the map, say colleagues.