Lab without walls


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We’ve been talking about what a lab without walls might look like for some time. It’s a lot more than sample collection, though, important though that is. Recently, ideas have come together from several different sources and have been tested in the school of hard knocks – well outside our comfort zone, in the field. The serious version got an airing in London recently. Here’s the latest update, presented at a benefit event organised by the Melville Friends of Lete Foho and Hatolia (Timor Leste) in order to raise funds for building and equipping a secondary school there.

Here’s the talk; it came hot on the heels of a humbling description of the health challenges facing the Timorese population. Humbling, because we have so much more back-up with which to tackle a significantly lighter burden of infectious diseases:

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