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Defense Dept. Gives Invitrogen $1.2M to Expand Use of ProtoArray in Biothreat Project

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Invitrogen said today that its Invitrogen Federal Systems subsidiary has been awarded a $1.2 million extension to its contract with the US Department of Defense.
According to Invitrogen, the contract will support research using its ProtoArray protein microarray platform to detect and analyze biothreat agents such as hemorrhagic fever viruses, poxviruses, and anthrax.  
This research builds on a technical assistance agreement with DoD for $970,000 initiated in January. That effort focused on the detection and analysis of smallpox and plague, Invitrogen said.

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