The federal government is countering threats of possible bioterrorism with a $35-Million grant to set up a Midwest Biodefense Research Center, headquartered at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The main mission of the Center will be to support research in critical areas of biodefense and emerging infectious diseases. Washington University’s Doctor Sam Stanley, the Director of the Center, says in addition to research theCenter will have the chance to help others interested in working in the area of infectious diseases. Other Missouri schools involved in the project are the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, the University ofMissouri-Columbia, and the Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City.