- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Researchers at Colorado State University have been picked to help develop a vaccine to prevent people from being infected by Ebola.

The university said Monday that its Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and Academic Resource Center has been awarded a $2 million Department of Defense contract for the work.

Center director Dennis Pierro says researchers will not use a live virus in their work. Nevertheless, researchers will wear protective equipment and work in a laboratory with its own ventilation system.

The main purpose is to develop a vaccine to protect soldiers from Ebola and other deadly viruses, including the Marburg virus. However, the university says that it could eventually also be used to treat others in case of an outbreak.


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