The Hot Zone

Why are all the beakers and tubes on Level 4 made of plastic?

"Space Walk", "Shoot Out", "The Mission", or "Reconnaissance"

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Slides and blood tubes were the only glass objects allowed in a hot zone, because of the danger of glass splinters if something broke. All laboratory beakers in the room were made of plastic.

Preston, Richard (2012-03-14). The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus (p. 254). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

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