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Animal virus research: an amazing new laboratory

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"Now if you want to come and film these areas you'll have to take your camera out via the quarantine facility... which means it may be fumigated and lost forever."

Dr Michael Johnson, Head of Estates at the Institute for Animal Health (IAH), Pirbright, is describing how this will be the last time anyone takes a video camera into the new IS4L laboratories, the video of which can be seen above.

Completed on budget, this new high-tech interim laboratory is packed with all the cutting-edge equipment and to allow people to deal safely with deadly animal viruses. "We need high containment-level laboratories that are fit for purpose," says Johnson. "We work with the most dangerous animal pathogens and need the right facilities to do the work effectively."

Costing £10M and funded by BBSRC and Defra, IS4L stands for Interim SAPO (Specified Animal Pathogens Order 1998) 4 Laboratory [4 meaning Containment Level 4 -- the highest] and is central to IAH's strategic priorities to enhance and protect animal health and ensure food security for the UK and the wider world.


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