This Week in Virology
For episode #200, the TWiV team went behind-the-scenes in a biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) laboratory. Produced by MicrobeWorld of the American Society for Microbiology and Boston University School of Medicine.
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Absolutely great video! Nice to see all the engineering that goes into creating such an incredible space!
Absolutely amazing, how am praying this place gets working soon. Maximum security, safety and containment possible in our day. Thanks for the video, I was completely hooked and realised at the end that I had been smiling for the whole hour.
Awesome… It is an amazing look inside the world of virology and everything behind a bsl-4. Thanks.
very good video. Being a scientist I’m not envy of people that will work there. Try to imagine, if you have ever worked in a lab, what does it mean to stay the whole day embedded in a suite.
More, I really do not understand why did they built this facility in the very center of a crowded town. I’m sure it is safe but … why do you want to add an even sub-decimal risk. You want to have it close to Boston? Do it in a less crowded area.
I probably never would have been able to see the inside of a facility like this without the help of TWiV and Dr. Racaniello (great cast as well). Big thanks for this production! Starting to wish I was a virologist…
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I could not see the video since there was a sign “Sorry There was an issue with playback” It occurs to me that this BSL4 facility would have been functional and available YEARS ago if its goal was to be part of preparedness for a pandemic of dangerous viruses. Our small obscure university in the NY to Wash DC corridor created a unit that is prepared to take in Ebola patients should the need be, and we have furnished it with state of the art diagnostics, Hepa-filtered air handling, and trained medical personnel. All high density populations (like Boston) should be so prepared.
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I wonder what you’ve been working on these last few years?
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Why don’t they check the suits with a simple pressure gauge ?
It would be an easy task sometimes it is hard to hear it and the gauge would be connected to a recording device.
Just a thought.
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