A post-9/11, post-anthrax funding boom has made the nation’s “hot zones” the hottest research areas around. Is this a good thing?
Before entering his lab, Ramon Flick puts on a 10-pound plastic space suit with a bubble helmet, a double pair of rubber gloves sealed to the suit at the wrists, and boots. The 35-year-old director of the Biosafety Level 4 lab at the University of Texas Medical Branch
at Galveston walks past a chemical
shower and into the lab space, a 2,000-square-foot sterilized white room. An airtight door slams shut behind him.