A look inside the Cairns containment lab

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A look inside the Cairns containment lab

Published on October 11 2013


The Brock News got what’s soon to be a rare glimpse inside the Level 3 containment lab in the Cairns Complex.

The lab, where medical entomologist Fiona Hunter and her team of researchers and graduate students will study the West Nile virus and other insect-borne illnesses, is about to be sealed, meaning access to the lab will be limited only to those involved with the unprecedented research.

The lab, known as a CL3, is the only one at a Canadian university. Having this facility available for her work means Hunter will no longer have to rely as heavily on American studies to inform her research. She’ll also no longer need to send insect specimens to a lab in Winnipeg.

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