Boston University Medical Center and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston won one-time federal grants of $120 million each to build state-of-the-art laboratories to research vaccines and therapies against emerging infectious diseases and potential biological weapons, such as smallpox and the Ebola virus. Nine other research organizations received one-time grants ranging from $7 million to $21 million to build regional "biocontainment" laboratories. The regional laboratories would be equipped to handle less dangerous viruses, such as the plague, than the two national laboratories. Each university provided matching funds. The laboratories' work will complement the work of eight recently created regional "centers of excellence" for biodefense and infectious disease research. Both programs are administered by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Read the NIAID's announcement of the latest grants. -- by Tony Fong
Medical centers win grants for high-tech bio labs
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