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Work and Pleasure Mix in the Rockies

When you work at NIAID's Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana, there's a time to work and a time to play. Dr. Steve Porcella (above, center), a postdoctoral fellow, shows NIAID summer students "the ropes." During the summer, 26 high school and college students worked with RML scientists. Some students worked in other areas, caring for animals, performing secretarial and administrative tasks, or doing jobs in the shop and maintenance department. Four of NIAID's 16 intramural laboratories are located at RML and conduct basic and applied research in viral, bacterial and prion diseases and related clinical disorders. Prion diseases such as scrapie and bovine spongiform encephalopathy and tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease are major research areas.

Enjoying the Rocky Mountain scenery during their lunch hour are (from l) Robert Watson, Rebecca Cordova and Cecily Fitzpatrick.

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