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Dirty-bomb test for terror may aid cancer research

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posted on Apr, 26 2010 @ 08:37 PM
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Dirty-bomb test for terror may aid cancer research


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With a few drops of blood, scientists are creating a way to tell who's absorbed dangerous radiation levels, part of the government's preparations against a terrorist attack - and research that just might point toward new cancer care, too.

Duke University's work aims to allow rapid triage in wake of a dirty bomb explosion or other radiological emergency, to sort out who among potentially thousands of panicked people need treatment for radioactive fallout and who can go home. At the same time, it illustrates an evolving new approach to developing so-called "medical countermeasures" for d
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posted on Apr, 26 2010 @ 08:37 PM
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""There has to be a return on investment from this program in peacetime," Dr. Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness at the Health and Human Services Department, told The Associated Press.

At issue: The nation's stockpile of treatments, vaccines and tests against bioterrorism and chemical or radiological threats. Saying the arsenal isn't growing fast enough, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius ordered a major review of how to jumpstart the development of countermeasures. That process now is spurred by contracts from the federal Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, that help fund research of promising products, often with guaranteed purchase of a certain amount if the work pans out.

"There are gaps at every stage in the process, from the laboratory to the factory floor, that are slowing or stalling the development of key countermeasures," Sebelius said in announcing the review.

HHS' recommendations are expected later this spring, encompassing areas from industry's call for more reliable financing to how to prioritize the most urgent needs."


I am just trying to figure out what the hell the guys are planing to do. Are we heading towards a Jericho scenario?



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