THE EUROPEAN Commission will spend between Euro 400,000 to 500,000 investigating how to establish an efficient network of European reference laboratories for human pathogens. It has released a tender for an inquiry contract with an October 13 application deadline. The selected research team will have to consider the structural, functional, technical, legislative and economic aspects of such networks. It will also have to assess existing reference laboratories within the European Union, including how they could be developed and better ...

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