University of Bern Institute of Infectious Diseases (IFIK) opens a new laboratory
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Unique biosafety laboratory at the University of Bern
On 16 June, the new BSL-3 biosafety laboratory of the University of Bern Institute of Infectious Diseases (IFIK) became operational. The laboratory, based at sitem-insel, is nationally one of the largest and the only BSL-3 laboratory in Switzerland to combine diagnostics, research and translation under one roof.
Bacteria or viruses that are highly infectious and for which no therapy or vaccination is available are examined under the strictest safety measures in a biosafety level 3 (Biosafety Level / BSL-3) laboratory. Human pathogens will be examined and researched in future in Switzerland’s newest biosafety laboratory, and findings from research will be transferred into products and therapies in the spirit of translational medicine.