Biologists have been submitting research proposals in droves hoping to receive money from a new linkurl:Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; grant program aimed at improving linkurl:global health.; As Yiwu He, Gates foundation senior program officer in global health, told me at a biomarker linkurl:meeting; in Philadelphia on Monday (May 19), the Gates Foundation has gotten about 5,000 proposals for the linkurl:Grand Challenges Explorations; program since registration opened at the end of March. The program seeks to encourage and support research ideas that could lead to new vaccines, diagnostics, drugs, and other technologies targeting diseases that kill millions of people in the developing world. In this first round of the program, funds will be awarded to research projects falling under four topics set out by the Gates Foundation: Explore the Basis of Latency In linkurl:Tuberculosis,; Create New Ways to Prevent or Cure linkurl:HIV; Infection, Create New Ways of Protecting Against Infectious...

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