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Medical College lands $8.1M grant to detect bird flu, bioterror agents

Milwaukee, Wis. - The Medical College of Wisconsin, in response to the federal government's call for accelerated research, has been awarded a five-year, $8.1 million federal grant to develop a rapid, automated diagnostic device to test for avian flu and the majority of potential bioterrorism agents.

The grant, which was awarded by the botulinum toxin, and a group of RNA viruses that cause hemorrhagic fevers.

Avian flu, another agent, is of grave concern because it can be spread from birds to humans, and potentially from human to human. The government is worried that terrorists could take advantage of avian flu's flexibility and engineer more virulent s......

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