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Listing BSL-3 Sites[edit]

Surely it is a fool's errand to include a list of BLS-3 labs, given that the start of this section indicates that there are over 1000 in the US alone. Why not make the list of facilities only those with BSL-4 facilities? This would be an actually possible task and would may resolve the factual inaccuracy complaint. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 2012-08-24T14:29:56‎

Troubled by unreferenced entries in tables[edit]

I recently handled an OTRS request in which we were asked to remove an entry from the table. I noted that the entry had no reference so I removed it. I note that many other entries are not supported by references.

This is not exactly a benign list like a list of notable people in a town. It is my opinion that we should not have entries in this list that are not supported by reliable sources. Does anyone disagree?

I am not a regular editor of this page and do not have the time to sort through it. Unless there is a good reason for violating the normal guidelines that material included should be referenced, I urge someone to go through and remove all of the entries in the tables that are not referenced. If they happen to be correct they can be added with references.--S Philbrick(Talk) 15:41, 22 December 2015 (UTC)

Hm. Yes good point. I'll start going through some of them. I'll post here the ones that I can't find reference for so that if someone knows better they can more easily add it back! Ajpolino (talk) 20:12, 2 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Virology Laboratory of the Queensland Department of Health, Coopers Plains, Queensland, Australia. Did some digging and couldn't find anything definitive. It's listed in this manuscript on ArXiv but no source is given here which made me fear this article may have been where they found that information. The Queensland health website notes that they have "high containment laboratories registered and approved by the Department of Agriculture and The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator" but I couldn't find any record of whether or not those laboratories were indeed BSL-4. They do have some contact info, so if anyone is interested perhaps they could call or email and get a definitive answer. Also saw a reference to a Queensland Health BSL-4 lab in this discussion abstract but it's not clear if it's the Virology lab in particular they're referring to, or where they found that information. So at this point, I'm taking it off the list, but I left all this stuff here in case anyone wants to pick up the trail! Good luck! Ajpolino (talk) 20:22, 2 April 2016 (UTC)
  • University of Queensland - Sir Albert Sakzewski Virus Research Centre (SASVRC) Royal Women's Hospital Brisbane P3 (BL3),Herston, Queensland, Australia. I'm not sure if the note at the end of this one means it has BSL-3 space but not BSL-4 space. Regardless, I couldn't find any source to back up inclusion on the list. Their website doesn't mention any work specifically done at BSL-4, nor is the lab mentioned in this table from FAS or the discussion notes mentioned above. So I'm stumped at this point. Removing the entry from the list for now. Perhaps someone more knowledgeable can intercede Ajpolino (talk) 03:30, 4 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Republican Research and Practical Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, Minsk, Belarus. Me again. Ok I can't find anything about BSL-4 space here. Their website has nothing on the topic. I saw the lab mentioned in this WHO report on antimicrobial resistance but the capability of the lab is not mentioned. There's a few recent papers listed on the institution's page on ResearchGate but none of them would obviously require BSL-4 space that I know of. So I'm stumped. Removing it from the list for now. Ajpolino (talk) 05:33, 8 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Hi all, me again. I've been picking my way through the table over the last few weeks (sorry for all the edits). For the two Romanian BSL-4s listed (Cantacuzino Microbiological Research Institute and "Dr. Carol Davila" Central Military Hospital) the refs given (1 and 2) don't seem to say anything about these places having BSL-4s. I looked around and couldn't find anything (except a mention somewhere that a military BSL-4 lab near Bucharest is going to be constructed soon). However, I did find this paper which, at the top of pg40, mentions the Cantacuzino and another lab as diagnostic labs, but notes that "there are no facilities BSL4 [in Romania]". That's the best I could find so I've deleted both entries for now. Perhaps someone more knowledgeable can find a reference and add them back. Cheers! Ajpolino (talk) 00:42, 5 May 2016 (UTC)

 Done Ajpolino (talk) 02:50, 29 May 2016 (UTC)

Rationale Section?[edit]

Hi all! The Rationale section here appears to mostly just restate the material in the lead and add some new (unreferenced) material. Any thoughts? If no one chimes in opposed I'll try to merge the two and find references for the new stuff. Let me know what you think! Thanks! Ajpolino (talk) 19:08, 2 April 2016 (UTC)

Out of curiosity...[edit]

...why not put samples in an isolated "box" and use robotic arms to handle the lab equipment? The box and equipment might be made of a self-disinfecting material to minimize risk of infection. 03:24, 9 December 2016 (UTC)32ieww (talk) 32ieww (talk) 03:24, 9 December 2016 (UTC)