New UW molecular engineering lab opens in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — A new molecular engineering and sciences building has opened at the University of Washington in Seattle. Scientists hope to develop proteins that could block viruses such as Ebola, HIV and the flu. They’re also working on more accurate tests for a wide range of health problems and technology such as a nano-crystal ink for printable solar cells.

The director of the new Molecular Engineering and Science Institute, Pat Stayton, told The Seattle Times, “We want to try to do something really big.”

The four-story $77 million building was funded with $5 million in state money and a $72 million bond issue to be repaid through grants and student fees.