NIH GUIDE, Volume 23, Number 28, July 29, 1994


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  Animal Breed. & Facil., Scientific 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) of the

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is

soliciting proposals from investigators who have the capability and

facilities to separate M. leprae bacilli from infected armadillo

tissues, devise an analytical method(s) for the determination of the

profile of M. leprae surface antigens to be employed in biological test

systems, establish and maintain an armadillo colony of the nine-banded

species (Dasypus novemcinctus), propagate M. leprae in the armadillos,

monitor the colony and determine when an armadillo is highly infected

with M. leprae, and aseptically harvest the infected tissues from the

armadillos.  These purified antigens and other cell products will be

distributed to researchers at the direction of this institute.

Request for Proposals (RFP) NIH-NIAID-DMID-95-07 will be available on

or about August 1, 1994.  Responses are due by close of business on

October 17, 1994.  It is estimated that one contract for Parts I and II

together, or two separate contracts for Parts I and II separately will

be awarded incrementally for a period of seven years.  Any responsible

offeror may submit a proposal that will be considered by the



To receive a copy of this RFP, supply this office with a self-addressed

mailing label.  Telephone inquiries will not be honored and all

inquiries must be in writing and addressed to:

Contracting Officer

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Solar Building, Room 3C07

6003 Executive Boulevard

Bethesda, MD  20892

This advertisement does not commit the Government to award a contract.


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