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MPs aim to save threatened AstraZeneca marine lab

MPs are working to keep open a Devon-based lab run by AstraZeneca to study the impact of chemicals and drugs on the environment.

The Times reports that two local MPs, Conservative Sarah Wollaston and Liberal Democrat Adrian Sanders, would like to explore whether the lab, which employs 71 people, could remain open under new ownership.

AstraZeneca announced a proposal to close the lab on 25 October, saying that: “The work undertaken at the laboratory is outside the organisation’s strategic focus of developing innovative new medicines.” It said that operations at the lab would finish by the end of March 2014. 

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