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China’s first biosafety level 4 lab put into operation

Updated: Jan 4,2018 8:56 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China has opened its first biosafety level four laboratory, capable of conducting experiments with highly pathogenic microorganisms, according to the national health authority on Jan 4.

Wuhan national biosafety level four lab of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Wuhan P4 lab) is part of Sino-French cooperation in prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases, said the Department of Health Science, Technology and Education with the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

Level four is the highest biosafety level, used for diagnostic work and research on easily transmitted pathogens which can cause fatal disease, including Ebola virus.

The Wuhan P4 lab will conduct research in anti-virus drugs and vaccines.