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The Peter Medawar Building houses high quality molecular biology laboratory space at categories II and III containment levels together with the space and electronic infrastructure necessary for the bioinformatic work which is essential for the exploitation of the generated data.  

The very high quality containment laboratories in the building are necessary for the handling of the pathogens under study, which include Plasmodium falciparum, Trypanosoma brucei, Neisseria meningitidis, Mycobacterium bovis and tuberculosis, schistosomes, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and hepatitits C virus.   

The consortium brings together groups with predominant interests in pathogen diversity with immunologists who address how antigenic variation in viruses allows persistence and progression.