Russia, NIH Float Big Plan for Former Soviet Bioweapons Lab

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Science  23 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5512, pp. 2288-2289
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5512.2288a

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- The head of a former bioweapons lab in the heart of Siberia will unveil a multimillion-dollar proposal next week to transform the lab into an international center for emerging diseases. The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is helping develop the proposal, which could become one of the most expensive projects ever to beat Russian scientific swords into plowshares. Many experts are supporting it, but some argue that a reincarnated VECTOR would not be able to sustain itself without a Western lifeline of noncompetitive grants.