By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Scientists at Rice University will use a three-year grant from the Department of Defense to develop genomic knowledge for use in a rapid test to determine if a disease outbreak is caused by a natural pathogen or by a manmade, lab-grown agent.

Rice researchers have received roughly $900,000 grant from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the DoD's Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction, for their research.

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