Lab rat lives lost is a big blow to medical research.
Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast with all she had recently and not only did damage to homes and buildings, but also put a damper on New York University Hospital’s Medical Research Lab.
NYU hospital reported the deaths of thousands of laboratory rats due to Hurricane Sandy, a research setback that could take years to correct.
One of the University’s buildings was severely affected by the flood and the speed that it hit. Lab Techs and Scientists did not have enough time to rescue the Lab Rats trapped in the building. “Animal resource staff was on site continuously to mitigate the damage from the storm, but due to the speed and force of the surge, animal rescue attempts were unsuccessful,” according to the statement. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of these animals’ lives and the impact this has on the many years of important work conducted by our researchers,” NYU officials said. “Some mice are unique, they’re just made for certain research,” he said. “So if [the researchers] didn’t send it out to other labs, that line is just lost.” said one scientist. This devastation to the science community could take months if not years to repair.
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