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lab rat

Someone who agrees to let others use them as a test subject. A: "Did he really sign up to be a lab rat for some skincare company?" B: "Yeah, because they promised him a bunch of free products to try!" I can't believe I agreed to be my sister's lab rat—now I have to let her practice cutting hair on me.
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Earlier studies in 1991 and 1997 suggested higher rates of bladder cancer and lung cancer in the community nearest the Rocketdyne lab.
That way, a lab built in a freshman wing could be used for biology one year, but physics the next if the order of science classes taught was changed.
The elephant research the forensics lab did was translated into other languages and distributed worldwide so everyone, including port inspectors, now knows how to identify the source of an ivory carving.
Confidentiality of test results is assured, as program participants are identified only by lab code numbers.
And states rarely shut down a lab for doing bad work.
Lab neighbors have pushed for a community health study since 1989 when the Daily News revealed extensive radioactive contamination at the Department of Energy's former nuclear research site, which is owned by Boeing.
Recent meth busts in the Santa Clarita Valley and in Van Nuys last week highlighted the ease with which users can start their own labs and manufacture the drug in small doses.
Blood and urine samples were subsequently sent to a state Department of Justice lab in Santa Barbara and a private lab in Rancho Cucamonga, Vogel said.
If the misconduct motion fails, Vogel said, he will press ahead with the main motion to have the cases dismissed on grounds the lab did sloppy or unlicensed breath testing.
Lab officials say they complied with the order by having a state lab handle blood and urine analyses until the county crime lab's license was fully reinstated May 23.
Yet defense attorneys have said sloppy or unlicensed alcohol testing at the lab over a two-month period earlier this year is enough to require the dismissal of some 300 misdemeanor drunk-driving cases.
Defense attorneys moved Thursday to bar the Ventura County District Attorney's Office from prosecuting hundreds of drunk-driving cases that they say rely on faulty or unlicensed alcohol tests conducted by the county crime lab.