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Bio-weapons study at UTSA

University of Texas at San Antonio biology professor Karl Klose and his team of researchers have been awarded a $6.4 million, five-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to study tularemia, a potential bio-weapon.

Tularemia is caused primarily by bites or scratches from rabbits, rodents, and hares. Its symptoms include relatively benign fever, chills, and headaches that can be treated with antibiotics. However, when airborne, the illness is considered a life-threatening bio-terrorism agent by the Centers for Disease Control because it can cause severe respiratory illness and system-wide infections with a 30-40 percent mortality rate.

Research on the deadly pathogen is being conducted in a new bio-safety Level Three laboratory at UTSA, an access-controlled facility that can't be entered without CDC certification and government security clearances.

Minority Enterprise Development Week

Minority Enterprise Development Week begins September 11 with a conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Minority Business Development Agency. Regional events were held during August, including one in Dallas. A spokeswoman for the local MBDA chapter said she was unaware of MEDWeek events.

According to a 2002 survey of business owners, minority groups and women are increasing their business ownership at a higher rate than the national average. Since 1997, in the U.S. there has been a 24 percent increase in Asian-owned businesses, while women-owned businesses saw a 20 percent rise, African-American ownership increased 45 percent, and Latino ownership grew 31 percent. Native Hawaiian- and Other Pacific Islander-owned businesses made the greatest jump, at 67 percent.

195th Anniversary of Mexico's Independence

On September 15, the City of San Antonio, the Consulate general, the San Antonio-Mexico Friendship Council, and the Instituto de México will celebrate "Vamonos Al Grito," Mexican independence day, with an evening of live music and dance performances beginning at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium, 100 Auditorium Circle.

For more info, call the Instituto de México at 227-0123.

Compiled by Nicole Chavez and Susan Pagani

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