Jackson Fire Imperils Research

The May 11 fire that injured four workmen and destroyed 500,000 mice at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, could disrupt genetic research all over the world. The lab’s most optimistic projections are that shipments of lab mice won’t be resumed until late summer However, Barbara Trevett, a lab spokeswoman, stressed that only production stocks of lab mice were destroyed; the lab didn’t lose any research colony stocks, its library of genetic information (See The Scientist, July 11, 1988, page 1). It will take about 18 months to rebuild the destroyed facility, but the laboratory is making arrangements on its campus and around the country to begin the two-or three-year process of replacing the destroyed animals. Trevett says, “We’ve got phone calls, telegrams, fax messages from everywhere, from people wanting to know how they can help us get back.” Richard Mulligan, a molecular biologist...

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