News of the WeekNATURAL DISASTERS

Texas Medical Center Staggered by Deadly Tropical Storm

Science  22 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5525, pp. 2226
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5525.2226a

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HOUSTON-- Years of scientific work were destroyed, millions of dollars' worth of equipment crippled, and thousands of lab animals drowned when the region was hit with a second burst from Tropical Storm Allison. All research at the Texas Medical Center, the largest collection of medical research facilities in the world, was shut down as scientists set to the grisly task of clearing out carcasses before they rotted in the sweltering Houston heat.

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