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Detrick gets $88 million from feds

October 08, 2003

FREDERICK, Md. - Fort Detrick in Frederick will receive $88 million for a bioterrorism defense campus, U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md., announced Tuesday.

The money is part of a Homeland Security Appropriations bill that President George W. Bush signed into law Oct. 1, Bartlett's office said.

The Interagency Biodefense Campus at the fort will serve as "the Department of Homeland Security's primary center for the development of defenses against chemical and biological terrorist attacks," Bartlett's office said.

The Associated Press reported in October that a billion-dollar expansion at Fort Detrick would include a 160-acre campus where scientists collaborate on vaccines, treatments, and detection techniques for weaponized and naturally occurring pathogens.

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