DARPA, PREEMPT Medical Preparedness Research To Model How Viruses Evolve Within Animal Populations

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency: A New Layer of Medical Preparedness to Combat Emerging Infectious Disease
“DARPA has selected five teams of researchers to support PREventing EMerging Pathogenic Threats (PREEMPT), a 3.5-year program first announced in January 2018 to reinforce traditional medical preparedness by containing viral infectious diseases in animal reservoirs and insect vectors before they can threaten humans. Through studies in secure laboratories and simulated natural environments, the PREEMPT researchers will model how viruses might evolve within animal populations, and assess the safety and efficacy of potential interventions…” (2/19).

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