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Seattle Biomed gets $9m from Gates to boost malaria vaccine work

Luke Timmerman of Xconomy reports today that Seattle Biomed, a global leader in malaria research thanks to funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has gotten a boost.

In the article, Timmerman notes that the $9 million grant is aimed at supporting a “systems biology” approach to identify new immune system targets for candidate vaccines. In that sense, it is also a Gates grant aimed at supporting the work of Alan Aderem, who is moving his lab there from Lee Hood’s Institute for Systems Biology:

Seattle Biomed made a push in the direction of systems biology—which seeks to study whole biological organisms in context, rather than one gene or protein in isolation—last month. The nonprofit recruited Aderem, the co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology, to help infuse its global health research efforts with this bold brand of science.


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