It takes great minds to conduct great scientific research, which makes Texas Biomed's outstanding faculty its most precious resource. However, for scientists to carry out the innovative research projects that will lead to advancements in scientific understanding and improved human health, they also need access to the proper tools.
At Texas Biomed, available research tools include a number of extraordinary resources, several of which are unique in the world.
Texas Biomed is perhaps best known for its world-class colony of nonhuman primates. Because of their close similarity to humans in genetics and physiology, these animals fill a unique and critical role in efforts to understand human health and disease.
Biosafety Level 4 Laboratory
If scientists are going to develop vaccines or therapies against bioterror agents and emerging diseases, they need the safest laboratory in the world in which to study them. Designed for maximum containment, Texas Biomed's BSL-4 lab offers a safe environment for scientists to study deadly pathogens for which there are no known treatments or vaccines.
Genomics Computing Resources
Today, Texas Biomed is home to the world's largest computer cluster for human genetic and genomic research. Housed in the AT&T Genomics Computing Center, Texas Biomed's "computer ranch" currently contains 3,000 computer processors working in parallel to crunch out the data necessary to help scientists find disease-influencing genes.
The Laboratory Opposum
Today Texas Biomed is home to a fully pedigreed colony of 2,200 laboratory opossums, and it serves as a world center for research with these animals and for producing them for scientists around the globe.