Former director of Iowa's state public health laboratory Mary Gilchrist, who was fired in a dispute with University of Iowa administrators over cutbacks to the size of a new lab, plans to continue her legal fight for reinstatement even after a judge last month refused her emergency request for protection as a whistleblower.Gilchrist's attorney, Pat Ingram, told The Scientist Gilchrist will pursue a full jury trial to reclaim her job in a case that has raised questions about the state lab's capacity to handle a major outbreak of disease."Lab capacity is just like everything in public health. It's not appreciated until there is an outbreak and then it is too late," said Gilchrist in a telephone interview with The Scientist from Cairo, where she is working on a project for the Institute of Medicine. In October Gilchrist was fired after she complained repeatedly about the university administration's decision...

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