Division of Laboratory Sciences

Scientists in CDC’s Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) improve Americans’ health by developing laboratory methods to diagnose disease, testing for exposure to harmful chemicals, helping other labs with improving the quality of their tests, and responding to public health emergencies.

We collaborate with US government agencies, state and local health departments, academic institutions, community groups, philanthropy foundations, and international organizations.

CDC is the nation’s leading science-based, data-driven, service organization that protects the public’s health. For more than 70 years, we’ve put science into action to help children stay healthy so they can grow and learn; to help families, businesses, and communities fight disease and stay strong; and to protect the public’s health.

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