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Universities becoming more involved in bioterrorism research


PHOENIX Arizona universities are becoming more involved in bioterrorism research while taking in tens of (m) millions of dollars in grants.

The Arizona Republic reports research is under way on nearly all six agents listed as the highest priority for national security.

Among them, anthrax, plague, smallpox and Ebola.

Arizona State University is announcing this week that it will join four other institutions in a 14 (m) million dollar federal grant to develop an antidote for the nerve agent sarin.

The federal government is spending more than one and a-half (b) billion dollars a year on research to improve prevention and detection of bioterrorism agents.

Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com