NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – George Washington University said today that it and collaborators have received up to $14.6 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop an approach to rapidly identify the mechanisms of biological and chemical threats.

As part of the five-year award, GWU will use proteomic, transcriptomic, metabolomic, and bioinformatic technologies to investigate the effects of toxic agents on genes, proteins, and cellular functions. The goal is to reduce to 30 days a process that can sometimes take years or decades, GWU said.

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