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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Another Katrina loss

Years of medical research at some Louisiana laboratories were wiped out either due to the floods or vandalism.

"Important work on heart disease, cancer, AIDS and a host of other ailments may be lost forever to scientists at Tulane and Louisiana State universities’ medical schools in New Orleans," reports MSNBC.

LSU lost all of its 8,000 lab animals including mice, rats, dogs and monkeys who either drowned or died from starvation or dehydration.

One major blow is the probable loss of urine and blood samples from thousands of patients enrolled in the Bogalusa Heart Study that studied racial risk factors for heart disease. Some of these samples had been frozen since 1973, making the study one of the world's longest running research. If these samples are contaminated, they can never be retested. Fortunately, a lot of the results were saved on an undamaged computer.

One forward thinking epidemiologist, Dr. Raoult Ratard, had state police help him destroy dangerous lab germs to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. (Would that Dr. Ratard had been head of FEMA, but I guess foresightedness wasn't high up on the list of requirements for the position).

Sharon Cullars Coffee Talk at 9/14/2005 08:23:00 AM Permanent Link     | | Home


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