Albany Medical College announced today that it's been awarded a $10.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health -- the biggest single research grant in the college's history. The funding will go toward biodefense research on tularemia. AMC researchers have looking into how to develop a vaccine against potential aerosolized versions of the bacterium. Tularemia is normally (and rarely) transmitted to humans via animals, insects, or dirt -- the idea of a weaponized version of the bacteria is one of the unfortunate legacies of the Cold War. [AMC] [NIH] [NYT 2011]
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