As concerns mount about preparedness for bioterrorism in the US, one microarray lab has already begun applying biochip technology to develop gene-based detection platforms for exposure to biological warfare agents.

The Center for Applied Genomics at the Public Health Research Institute in Newark, NJ, working jointly with the New Jersey Medical School Center for Emerging and Reemerging Pathogens, has obtained a contract with the US Army, funding a project beginning in October to develop microarray-based molecular diagnostics for biological agents.

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