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New round of Gates’ science grants

Out of some 18,000 applications made by scientists to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Exploration program, nine teams of researchers have made the cut to receive more funding — up to $1 million over the next five years — to continue their search for innovative solutions in global health.

The selected “phase two” grants include an astrophysicist exploring how to fight mosquitos with light, using gold particles to fight tuberculosis and some Seattle scientists digging into the genetics of HIV and malaria.

The Associated Press‘ Donna Blankinship reported on this as did the Seattle Times‘ Kristi Heim (hey, that rhymes!)

And here’s Bill Gates thoughts on the program and Gates Foundation’s description of the winners.


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.