The COVID-19 pandemic has put science in the spotlight.
As the global research community races toward a vaccine, interest in STEM education and curiosity about scientists and their work has surged. But what working conditions do scientists battling highly infectious agents like coronavirus face? For some members of the research community, the pandemic means suiting up to enter one of the world’s rarest and most secure laboratories.
What is a Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory?
Biological research on coronaviruses is risky business, but must be done if we are to ever create a vaccine. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines state that the most dangerous research, like growing more virus for experiments, must only proceed in Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) laboratories. These rare, high-security labs are uniquely designed, constructed, and organized. The labs use strict protocols to prevent the escape of dangerous pathogens, ensuring the safety of scientists and the wider community.
Step inside the lab
Unprecedented events like the COVID-19 pandemic offer the opportunity to inspire future scientists. There is no better way to do so than to step behind the scenes and experience the environment of professional scientific researchers first-hand.
Virtual lab simulations like Labster’s create access to labs and research equipment that teachers and students may never otherwise experience. For this reason, Labster is opening up free access to our 3D virtual Biosafety Simulation. Here, students can experience what it’s like to work with hazardous pathogens in one of the world’s rarest and most high-tech laboratories.
Here’s a look at what you’ll experience in this virtual simulation: