Friday, February 01, 2008

Biodefense and Emerging Infections Research Resources Repository (BEIR)

Scientists interested in depositing or acquiring biomaterials for Toxoplasma research should consider the Biodefense and Emerging Infections Research Resources Repository (BEIR). BEIR was established by NIAID and is managed by ATCC to provide reagents for Category A, B, and C priority pathogens and emerging infectious disease agents to the scientific community ( A major focus of the Protistology group at BEIR is to expand biological resources for Toxoplasma given its status as a category B priority pathogen by NIAID. This is not restricted to isolates but also antisera, DNA clones, and genetic libraries. Importantly, scientists registered in BEIR may request reagents online and there is no charge for the materials themselves, but recipients are responsible for shipping and handling fees. In addition, secure storage, community access, and distribution is provided while protecting the intellectual property rights of the depositor. For more information please contact:

Robert Molestina, Ph.D.
Collection/Research Scientist
10801 University Boulevard
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone: (703) 365-2700 (ext. 2628)
Facsimile: (703) 365-2701

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