NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute's campuses in California and Florida have received $7.9 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to create an "artificial immune system," or molecular libraries and compounds that can be used to detect and neutralize biological and chemical threats.

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