how do i use a lockpick? i forgot how to
I never got the lockpick from the ruined lab. Can i buy one?
It's just your nimble skill, so look for ways to boost that!
Have you tried progressing the story line with the Science lab or Linda? If not, find hidden military base (+6 senses skill) and return to lab to remove them, (repeat at least 2 times) sleep for a few days and you'll find the lab infested with the meat parasite.