NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Leerink Swann analyst Isaac Ro released a research note on Tuesday saying that he views the recent science advisors appointed by President-elect Barack Obama as a sign that the incoming administration “continues to take steps favorable to improved NIH funding, particularly for genomics-based research.”

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