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Work to begin soon on $22M animal lab at WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University has broken ground for a $22 million animal research facility on its health sciences campus in Morgantown.

About $7 million of the project is being paid for with bonds, while the National Institutes of Health provided a $14.5 million competitive grant.

The Dominion Post says the facility is called a vivarium, and it replaces a 57-year-old laboratory that would have been too difficult to retrofit.

Health Sciences Vice President Fred Butcher says a lot's changed since then, including air-filtering systems.

And back then, cages were made of wire. Today, they have solid bottoms, with liners changed every day.

Butcher says the foundation will be poured within the next month, and then construction will begin on the one-floor facility. He says it will house rodent-based research.


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