United States, Singapore to Create Joint Biological Research Center

The United States and Singapore are set to create a joint biological research center next year to help combat bioterrorism, the Straits Times reported yesterday (see GSN, Oct. 21).

Several U.S. agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, along with Singapore hospitals and research centers, will help create the Regional Emerging Diseases Intervention Center in Singapore, according to the Straits Times. U.S. experts will be based at the center to help train Singapore public health officials and researchers and to help strengthen disease surveillance and rapid response capabilities.

“This is a major development for Singapore because it gives us the chance to extend our capabilities quickly,” said Edison Liu, head of the Genome Institute of Singapore (Chang Ai-Lien, Straits Times, Oct. 22).  

October 23, 2003
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The United States and Singapore are set to create a joint biological research center next year to help combat bioterrorism, the Straits Times reported yesterday (see GSN, Oct. 21).