If you’ve been following IDRI’s story, you’ll know we just moved into fancy new digs at 1616 Eastlake. Our new purpose built laboratories provide a much more efficient and spacious working environment for all, including us (TB Discovery Group, aka TB Disco).
As part of our move, we have expanded our specialized laboratories, in particular our Biosafety Level 3 or “BSL-3” labs. We work to discover new drugs against the bacterium that causes tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis. These bacteria infect via the respiratory route, normally when people with TB cough, sneeze, spit, or even sing. Breathing in the bugs can lead to an infection and eventually the lung disease. As you might imagine, when working with such dangerous organisms, we have to take special precautions to stop us catching or spreading TB.
All of our BSL-3 work is carried out under controlled conditions in special laboratories designed to keep everyone involved safe. These labs follow an amazing number of federal, state and local rules and regulations. Our scientists receive extensive training in handling M. tuberculosis, in complying with these important regulations, and receive constant health monitoring too. (more…)