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Pfiesteria Lab a Go at NC State

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Centennial Campus would most likely be the location of the new building.
RALEIGH — Plans are moving along quickly to build a pfiesteria study lab at NorthCarolina State University. Researchers have been pressuringadministrators to build the high-tech lab for months. The University hascome up with big ways to study the toxic organism.

The University has agreed to build a 5,000 square foot lab for researcherJoAnn Burkholder. Right now, Burkholder's labs are scattered acrosscampus. According to the University, the new lab will likely be locatedat Centennial Campus.

WRAL is told high estimates for the lab are about $200 a square foot. Thatwould put the price tag at one million dollars. Friday morning, NC State's Vice Chancellor for research said "we will find space for it."

Pfiesteria has been linked to fish kills in the Neuse River and other fishkills in North Carolina and neighboring states. With a new research lab, scientists may be able to find out how to put the brakes on thefish-killer.

University leaders and scientists will meet in the next few weeks to finalizeplans for the lab, including who's going to pay for it and where tobuild it.

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