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$4M Earmarked for NC Genomic Project in Defense Appropriations Bill

NEW YORK, July 14 - The Guilford Genomic Medicine Project -- a collaboration between the University of North Carolina - Greensboro, the Center for Human Genetics at Duke University Medical Center, and Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro, NC -- could get a $4 million boost from the current Defense Appropriations bill.


North Carolina Congressmen Brad Miller and Howard Coble announced today at a press conference that the House of Representatives approved $4 million in funding for the project as part of the Defense Appropriations bill it passed last week. The US Senate must still approve the funding before it is presented to President Bush in the fall.


The project's goals include helping the residents of Guilford County develop personalized health care plans based on their genetic information. Project participants said they will conduct a series of pilot clinical programs targeted at cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative disorders that affect veterans and the elderly.

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