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Part 1: What is a BSL Lab?
Part 2: The Challenges of BSL Lab Design
Part 3: The Need for Reliable Power in the Lab
Part 4: Lab Exhaust Air Requirements
Part 5: Other Lab Design Factors: Physical Barriers and the Envelope
Part 6: Meeting Standards, Controlling Costs
By John DeLeonardis and Keith James
August 2008 -
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BSL labs conduct a wide range of research geared to elucidating, finding treatments for and preventing infectious disease. The nature of the research entails significant risks, which must be addressed in the design and operation of the labs, but successful projects can bring enormous rewards. Among the kinds of work occurring in BSL labs:
Repositories and resource centers maintain agent cultures, searching for disease biomarkers and working to improve methods for agent characterization.