I got to see the two bioreactors where the infamous viral infection occurred. All six tanks at the plant have since been cleaned and refurbished.
One thing I didn't get to see, but wish I had seen, are the plastic coyotes. Wha?! Yep. The fake coyotes.
Apparently there's a pack of 'em hanging out on the lawn on one side of the Allston plant. They put them there to try to keep away geese and their poop. Our Massachusetts-based cameraman spilled the beans about them saying he often does a double-take when driving past the property in the middle of urban Boston.
I couldn't check them out for myself, though, because the lawn where they're perched is obscured right now by a nylon construction fence (they're building an addition for office space and storage.)
Geese and coyotes weren't the only animals that came up during the briefing. Genzyme believes the source of the viral contamination might have been animal-derived raw materials (serum) used in the drugmaking process.