Medical News and Perspectives
August 20, 2003

"Hot" Labs Take on Dangerous Pathogens

JAMA. 2003;290(7):875-877. doi:10.1001/jama.290.7.875

Perhaps because they involve moments of extreme drama—dangerous pathogens threatening civilized society—ultrasecure high-containment laboratories designed to study the most hazardous microbes have achieved a higher profile in Hollywood than in the scientific research community. For the past three decades, there have been only a handful of these facilities in the world, and only two places in the United States where researchers would don biosafety suits and enter a "hot" laboratory—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga, and the United States Army Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, Md.

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