What is Biomedical Research?
The goal and purpose of Biomedical Research is to discover and observe biological processes in order to better develop therapies. Biomedical Research methods range from predictive studies to those that involve whole living organisms. Areas include: Non-human animal, In-vitro techniques using cells and tissues from humans and animals and event plants. Studying microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites. and even molecular analysis of genes, proteins and other bio molecules.
Why use animals for research?
Virtually every major medical breakthrough of the last century has depended on using animals as a model. Animals serve as surrogates in the investigation of human diseases and have yielded valuable data in the way of treating, curing and preventing disease. We at Texas Biomed focus on the use of using non-human primates which comprises of less than 2% of all Biomedical Research.
Check out the Southwest National Primate Research Center Page for more information.
What does Biosafety Level mean?
Texas Biomed is home to BSL2, BSL3 and a BSL4 laboratory. “Biosafety levels” directly relate to the amount of protection and safety you need to work inside of that laboratory. BSL2 acting as the lowest level of the labs and BSl4 being the highest. These labs allow scientists to safety and efficiently research the world’s deadliest pathogens; Ebola, Marburg and Lassa Fever are some of the few we study at Texas Biomed.
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