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Articles A Unique BSL-3 Cryo-Electron Microscopy Laboratory at UTMB

By Michael B. Sherman, Er N. Freiberg, Dennis Razmus, Shintaro Yazuka, Craig Koht, Vincent J. Hilser, Stanley M. Lemon, Anne-sophie Brocard, Dee Zimmerman, Wah Chiu, Stanley J. Watowich and Scott C. Weaver


This article describes a unique cryo-electron microscopy (CryoEM) facility to study the threedimensional organization of viruses at biological safety level 3 (BSL-3). This facility, the W. M. Keck Center for Virus Imaging, has successfully operated for more than a year without incident and was cleared for select agent studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Standard operating procedures for the laboratory were developed and implemented to ensure its safe and efficient operation. This facility at the University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, TX) is the only such BSL-3 CryoEM facility approved for select agent research

Year: 2011
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