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Research Disrupted as Scientists in Shock Over Yale Murder

14 September 2009 2:28 pm
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As the investigation into the horrific murder of 24-year-old Yale University pharmacology graduate student Annie Le has moved into high gear, the building in which she was found has been closed and no one knows when things will return to normal.

Le, whose body was found Sunday behind a wall in a basement laboratory, worked in the Amistad Street Building, a four-story building in the medical school complex a mile from Yale's main campus. The building opened 2 years ago to house the Yale Stem Cell Center as well as interdisciplinary programs on immunology and vascular biology.

According to stem cell researcher Diane Krause: "All research in the Amistad Building is at a standstill—even people who need reagents for an ongoing clinical trial are unable to have access as of now."

University Vice President Linda Koch Lorimer sent out a campus-wide email today saying that personnel "with essential research responsibilities" are being escorted into the building by police.

Others are being given paid time off. "We will know by the end of the day whether the building will need to stay closed longer," Lorimer wrote. "Principal Investigators will be told as soon as we know."

Yale President Richard Levin met this morning with a "group of Yale community members in Annie Le’s academic area," according to the Yale public affairs office.

The Amistad Street Building reportedly has 75 surveillance cameras. Le was seen entering it at 10 a.m. last Tuesday. She was never seen leaving it.

Lorimer said more security personnel as well as police patrols and a new bicycle patrol have been added on the med-school campus.

A Web site on the investigation opa.yale.edu/investigationupdate will be open later today.

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