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NIAID unveils bioterrorism research agenda

ovide those resources in part by building the necessary facilities, establishing collaborations with industry, and training new scientists with varying expertise.

Many goals presented in the Research Agenda build on the results of ongoing NIAID research. New smallpox, Ebola and anthrax vaccines have been developed by NIAID researchers or grantees and are now approaching clinical testing. One of the first drugs to help treat smallpox was recently submitted to the FDA for approval, and two recent studies identified important biochemical features of two different anthrax toxins that have provided promising leads for new anthrax drugs. Over the past several years, NIAID scientists and grantees have made tremendous strides in understanding the complex physiology of the bacteria that cause anthrax and plague, for example. The mechanism of pathogenesis of Ebola virus and other agents.is also better understood.

In addition, rapid progress in determining the genetic blueprints of dangerous pathogens has provided a wealth of information on the underlying biology of those organisms.


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