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Researchers will create "clouds" of infectious microbes in this containment area (Source:  Trudeau Institute)
Researchers will create "clouds" of infectious microbes in this containment area (Source: Trudeau Institute)

New Saranac Lake lab will push frontiers of disease research, cautiously

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Yesterday we reported on the growth of the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake, which is adding three new research teams. Over the next few months, Trudeau Institute will certify its new research wing, named for former state Senator Ronald Stafford. Once it's brought on-line, the facility will be closed to the public forever. Even most of the Institute's staff won't be allowed inside. That's because the researchers working in the lab will handle some of world's deadliest diseases, including airborne strains of tuberculosis and influenza. Brian Mann was allowed a rare glimpse inside the lab and has our story.

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Fifty of the world's top health researchers will gather in Saranac Lake starting tomorrow (Friday).

A conference at the Trudeau Institute will focus on new research into the body's defenses against infectious diseases such as H1N1 swine flu.

Trudeau director David Woodland issued a statement yesterday saying "We've very excited to hear what the researchers will have to report."

The two-day session will focus on one particular part of the body's immune system, known as he "mucosal frontier."

That's the layer of tissue on the lungs and other organs where disease microbes often make first contact.

Trudeau researcher Andrea Cooper, who organized the workshop, said understanding that part of the immune response is one of "the most taxing problems in public health."

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