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High school students to tour Va. health lab

Tuesday - 4/22/2014, 6:59am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Several Virginia high school students are getting a firsthand look at the state's public health and environmental lab in Richmond.

The Department of General Services says a dozen students from Chesapeake Bay Governor's School for Marine and Environmental Science in Tappahannock and five from Maggie L. Walker Governor's School will tour the lab Tuesday. They will also have an opportunity to perform an experiment at the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services.

DGS says the interactive event is intended to help students learn about science and the many ways the state lab affects the lives of everyday Virginians. The lab performs about seven million tests annually to identify genetic and metabolic disorders in newborns and infections agents and toxic chemicals in people, animals, the environment, food and water.

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