In this photo taken on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, a lab technician prepares a sample of marijuana for testing at CannLabs in Denver. Tiny bits of marijuana are chopped even finer and put through chemical analysis in a tiny Denver laboratory that is on the leading edge of what could be a whole new endeavor for states that have legalized pot: marijuana product safety.(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
It has quietly been serving the public health for a century so today the staff at UNMC's Health Laboratory threw themselves a little party.
The lab continues to test and monitor influenza viruses, salmonella and others.
It is currently working on guidelines to test a new bird flu outbreak in China.
The staff determines what virus or disease is causing concern for public safety then shares those findings with public health officials including the CDC.
Dr. Steve Hinrichs says, "We give the advice to the people who give advice. We tell them the status; we let them know where things are at, how many tests are positive and that sort of thing."
For the 100th anniversary there was a cake and coffee reception but the work upstairs never stopped.