A three-alarm fire ravaged two labs at University of California, Santa Cruz, knocking out power and shutting down multiple buildings during the early hours of Jan. 11. The Sinsheimer building where the fire occurred remains closed, displacing approximately 150 researchers who are now scrambling to assess the damage, find new lab space, and salvage whatever is possible. "The upper floor, where the real devastation occurred, is not likely to be back to normal use for six to eight months," says Elizabeth Irwin, director of the UC-Santa Cruz public information office.

The fire started in the lab of Manuel Ares, chair of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, and also gutted the adjoining lab occupied by Jane Silverthorne. The cause of the fire is unknown, although a computer was stolen from the Ares lab a few days before the fire. "The connection is unclear at this point, but the investigation...

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