NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Vanderbilt University said that it has been awarded a cooperative agreement for up to $16.5 million to develop mass spectrometry-based methods to determine the effect of toxic agents on human cells.

The award for up to five years is an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Army Research Office, and is one of three recently awarded through DARPA's Rapid Threat Assessment program. The other two awards went to the University of Colorado, Boulder, and George Washington University.

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