UIC Scientists Working To Fight Bioterror Threat

CHICAGO (WBBM) — Scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology are working towards fighting anthrax and other bioterrorism agents.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, their project comes thanks to a substantial grant from the federal government.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports

The $14 million dollar comes from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Scientists will apply that funding towards developing antibiotics to fight anthrax, plague and tularemia – all agents as federal officials fear terrorists will wage biological warfare.

The lead researcher, professor emeritus Michael Johnson believes the bacteria poses a national security risk and says new antibiotics targeting resistant bacteria strains are strongly needed.

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  • Ronny

    This is really a great idea. We all use the subways all the time and we fear that some strange poison agent will be on the air and then we will drop dead. That will be so hard for all of us hardworking people who take the trains and the walk on the subway all the time. Please, get all the terrorist our of our way. We do not want to be poisoned on any subway. We say the movie where all these people were dropping deak like flies all over the place and no one could do anything at all . We certainly need all this antibiotics to fight all kinds of poisons that are on the air.

  • meaux feaux

    We would be fine if the government would stop their false-flag attacks against Us! Unforturnately, look for a nuke attack, soon. They must take what is left of Our Rights completely away from Us. Welcome to Hi-Tech Fascism!

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