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An 'Omics Army

The US Army is hopping on the 'omics bandwagon.

Last month, the Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center and the Army Medical Research Institute opened a new Proteomics Core Facility, which will serve as a resource for both institutions offering expanded proteomic and genomic capabilities.

According to a release from the ECBC, the organizations will use the facility for work in areas including whole genome sequencing and whole transcriptome analysis as well as mass spec-based proteomics.

The facility will also be used by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency/Joint Science and the Technology Chemical and Biological Defense Program for work on protecting military personnel from the chemical and biological warfare agents.

This isn't the army's first foray into the 'omics world, of course. For instance, in April, researchers at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute won $30 million from the Department of Defense to build a prototype of a proteomics-based chip that can be used in the field for monitoring subjects' health and early detection of pathogen infection.

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