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State labs play key role in fight against flu

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Inside a handful of laboratories on the fourth floor of the Wadsworth Center, white-coated scientists are tracking a virus that sent 1,167 New Yorkers to the hospital last year and killed 34 children in the past four years. The 900,000-square-foot facility houses one lab, in particular, that requires the full get-up: coat, hood and boots. “It’s called the dirty PCR lab,” says Dr. Kirsten St. George, who oversees the Laboratory of Viral Diseases for the ...


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