Robert E. Shope, M.D. BSL4 Laboratory
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The 2,140-square-foot UTMB BSL4 laboratory is devoted to the study of tropical and emerging infections and additionally will serve as a key component in the nation’s fight against bioterrorism. The maximum containment design for the facility includes approximately 10,000 additional square feet devoted to housing equipment to be used to sterilize and decontaminate all material leaving the lab, thus permitting scientists to safely study some of the most dangerous organisms on the planet. The plans for UTMB's BSL4 were approved in 2000. Construction was completed in 2003 and the facility was commissioned in 2004.

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