- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

OSSABAW ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - A former meat processing facility on a Georgia island has been transformed into a laboratory for scientists and students at Armstrong State University.

WSAV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1hPkbeZ) that renovations to the 400-square-foot building on Ossabaw Island were recently completed by the Ossabaw Island Foundation.

Armstrong State officials say the new Ossabaw Field Lab grew out of a recommendation at a 2012 community meeting regarding ways to accommodate visits to the island by the university’s biology students.

Armstrong intends to offer a coastal ecology class soon, utilizing the field lab and the island.

Biologists will be able to analyze their findings and extract DNA from plants and archaeologists will be able to clean and classify artifacts.

Ossabaw Island is a barrier island seven miles south of Savannah.

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Information from: WSAV-TV, http://www.wsav.com/