Army Upgrades Chemical Defense Research Gear

ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — The Army says some new laboratory equipment at Aberdeen Proving Ground is accelerating the pace of chemical defense research.

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense described the two-person work station in a news release Thursday.

It’s an enhanced version of a conventional glove box. That’s an experiment station where workers handle materials in an airtight enclosure using built-in, protective gloves.

The new twist is a vapor decontamination system that can quickly neutralize toxic chemicals within the glove box. The boxes previously had to be disinfected with bleach between experiments. That meant more down time.

Officials say the $1.5 million system enables scientists to complete their inhalation toxicology experiments at a higher rate than ever.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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