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NIH Gives Diversa $3.2 Million to Optimize Biodefense Antibodies

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases awarded Diversa around $3.2 million to improve three antibodies that the US Army is already using to detect certain bioterrorism agents.

The antibodies in question were developed to detect ricin toxin, plague, and alpha-virus. San Diego-based Diversa will use the money to employ its Gene Site Saturation Mutagenesis technologies to optimize the binding characteristics of the antibodies.

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