Federal grants of more than $500,000 have been awarded to a pair of programs at North Carolina Central University to study outbreaks of food-borne illness and weather events, among other threats to public safety. The university's Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise will use the funds to find better ways to isolate disease-causing microorganisms in food. The Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development was awarded $100,000 to continue its work in emergency management and security preparedness.

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