Bioterror: A Boon for Biotech


If FY 2004 government spending plans pan out, there will be more than $2.5 billion available in US federal funding for biodefense research next year, $1.63 billion alone from the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases. The money isn’t earmarked for life sciences research labs, per se, but it’s hard to imagine a bioweapons detection technology or an infectious disease study that wouldn’t somehow incorporate the knowledge derived from the human genome sequence.

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