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UCI researchers win $8 million grant to find vaccine for Q fever
Orange County Register

A UC Irvine research team has won an $8 million grant to help develop a vaccine for the military that could protect troops in germ warfare, the university announced Monday.

The U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency awarded the grant to Philip Felgner, adjunct professor of medicine, and Aaron Esser-Kahn, assistant professor of chemistry. The duo is creating a new way to immunize against Q fever, a disease caused by a type of bacteria called Coxiella burnetii that lives in the placentas of cattle, sheep and goats.