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US Postal Service Taps Cepheid to Help Detect Anthrax Attacks

NEW YORK, May 13 - The United States Postal Service has awarded Cepheid $750,000 to participate in a pilot program designed to help build systems to detect anthrax attacks, the company said today.


The deal makes Cepheid part of a team led by US aerospace giant Northrop Grumman that will spearhead a $3.7 million plan to evaluate "DNA-based biothreat-detection technology," according to Cepheid.


Depending on the outcome of this pilot program, the USPC will award a "multi-million-dollar" contract by the end of September to install DNA-detection equipment in most of its 300 automatic mail-sorting facilities across the US, Cepheid said.


Cepheid would manufacture the GeneXpert DNA tests and all requisite reagents while Northrop Grumman would sell the systems.


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