Their goal? To prevent and cure illnesses caused by dangerous pathogens in the U.S., Latin America and Pacific Rim countries, according to Barbour. The center also aims to provide the science for developing a resistance against emerging diseases and potential bioterrorism agents, as well as training next-generation scientists and educating researchers about lab safety.
Among the tasks center researchers will be able to begin and continue implementing with the new funding: Improved protection from and treatment of dengue fever, which is transmitted from mosquitoes and affects millions across the world, and better detection and treatment of the botulism toxin. It's one of the most potent pathogens and can cause paralysis and death with even a small dose.