Ravalli Republic: Daines tours Rocky Mountain Labs; scientists at front line of fight against Ebola

In a few days, Rocky Mountain Laboratory’s Dr. Vincent Munster will be in Liberia working to unlock the secrets of what’s driving an outbreak of the Ebola virus that has already killed several thousand people.

On Tuesday, Munster took a break from making preparations with the two scientists who will accompany him to provide an update for U.S. Rep. Steve Daines about the globally significant work occuring at Hamilton’s historic laboratory.

“The current Ebola outbreak in Liberia is something that we haven’t experienced before on this scale,” Munster told Daines. “It appears that it hasn’t reached its plateau by far.”

Munster’s team will relieve another group of RML scientists who have spent the past three weeks studying the virus that’s behind the outbreak.

…This was Daines’ first visit to the state-of-the-art facility. He had a chance to speak with researchers working in the lab’s extensive electron microscopy section and histopathology departments.

“This is an impressive facility,” Daines said after the tour.

“I’m proud of the world-class research that is going on right here in Hamilton, Montana. The research that’s happening here has an impact not only in this country, but also the world.”

The work being accomplished at RML illustrates how Montana’s quality environment can be used to both recruit and retain some of the finest minds in the world, Daines said.

“Can you just imagine going to work here every day and knowing you are doing key research into something as devastating as Ebola?” Daines said. “That’s remarkable.”


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