UTMB to adopt new inventory system after vial goes missing

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GALVESTON, TX – Maybe UTMB looks a little D-U-M-B this week (after losing that potentially deadly Venezuelan virus and all), but the Galveston National Laboratory is reportedly taking the lesson in stride.

As far as we know, the investigation into that missing vial of Guanarito, a virus that causes hemorrhagic fever, is still underway. But in the meantime, the lab is reportedly going to adopt a new system to inventory their pathogens. The goal is to limit operator error.

The system uses radio waves to communicate with vials, and a computer to alert if anything’s missing. Supposedly this will be faster and more effective than human hands.

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