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March 16th, 2005

Navy funds research at UMass

A team of chemists at the University of Massachusetts is about to begin a $1.3 million study to help the U.S. Navy in its fight against biological warfare.

The three-year grant from the Office of Naval Research will allow chemistry professors Richard W. Vachet, Vincent M. Rotello and Sankaran "Thai" Thayumanavan to use nanotechnology and mass spectrometry to isolate and identify tiny amounts of hazardous substances. Those substances are endocrine disrupting chemicals and microcystins.


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