Sloppy practices by CDC scientist cited in lab mishap

August 15, 2014 6:40 PM

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Sloppy practices by CDC scientist cited in lab mishap

Sloppy lab practices by an experienced but overworked scientist rushing to get to a noon meeting is likely how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cross-contaminated a specimen of a benign bird flu virus with a dangerous strain that can kill people, according to an internal agency investigation released Friday.

The CDC investigation found a wide range of serious lapses and revealed additional flu research that was jeopardized because of the contaminated samples. The CDC scientist may have even handled both the benign strain of bird flu and the dangerous H5N1 strain inside a biosafety cabinet at the same ti...

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