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University opens doors to new lab

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St. Paul, Minn. - 1/24/08 - A lab focused on the research and tracking of animal diseases opens its doors at the University of Minnesota this week.

St. Paul, Minn. - 1/24/08 - A lab focused on the research and tracking of animal diseases opens its doors at the University of Minnesota this week.

The $2.4-million laboratory's maiin focus will be performing animal necropsies to determine how animals died and gathering diagnostic information for the further analysis and understanding of disease outbreaks.

"It is really not research-focused. It's much more service and diagnostics-focused," says University Poultry Pathologist Andre Ziegler.

Located at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory on the St. Paul campus, the new lab has a biosafety-level three designation, meaning it is one of only 55 other facilities equipped to act as a safe environment in the study of airborne diseases, such as

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