Boston University lab begins research on deadly viruses
BOSTON (AP) — A Boston University laboratory built a decade ago is finally able to fulfill one of its primary functions — studying some of the world’s most dangerous diseases.
The Boston Globe reports that lab microbiologist Elke Muhlberger received a package earlier this month containing frozen samples of Ebola and Marburg viruses — launching the research program for the university’s Biosafety Level 4 laboratory.
The seven-story laboratory, built in 2008, was long unable to fulfill its purpose because of neighbors’ fears, multiple lawsuits and safety studies.
Some portions of the 192,000-square foot building have already been studying less dangerous pathogens.
The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory is one of only 11 Biosafety Level 4 labs in the country. Boston University’s lab is the only one at a research-focused university.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com