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For immediate use

April 18, 2002 -- No. 221

Not for publication

Today (April 18) 3:30 p.m.

Thurston-Bowles Building, UNC

(Enter through building wing on left -- east -- and meet in lobby.)

Corner, South Columbia Street and Manning Drive

Chapel Hill

UNC to respond to PETA concerns

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill officials this afternoon will respond to concerns outlined earlier today by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) regarding the treatment of animals involved in research.

Dr. Tony Waldrop, vice chancellor for research and graduate studies, and Dr. Jeffrey Houpt, vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of the UNC School of Medicine, will make brief comments and take reporters' questions. In addition, any interested media representatives will be able to tour laboratory facilities inside the Bowles Building, which was the facility identified by PETA.

Those who tour must don protective clothing provided onsite, which will include masks and gloves. The protective clothing is required because laboratory conditions are sterile.

Directions: From Raleigh: Exit off Interstate 40 at N.C. Highway 54 West to Chapel Hill. Turn right at the top of the ramp, proceed under the U.S. 15-501 overpass and exit to the right. Turn right onto U.S. 15-501. Turn right on Manning Drive at the second stoplight, marked with signs to the Dean E. Smith Center and Kenan Stadium. Bowles will be the last building on the left before Manning runs into South Columbia.

Parking: Spaces will be reserved for the media by cones in the lot off Manning just left (east) of the Bowles Building entrance, near a loading dock area.

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Contact: UNC News Services, 919-962-2091