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Australian NHMRC Awards Genomics-Related Grants

NEW YORK, June 17 (GenomeWeb News) - Three separate researchers from the Universityof Queenslandin Australiawill share approximately $280,000 from the National Health and Medical Research Council for genomics-related research.


The awards, announced today by Tony Abbott, Australia's Minister for Health and Aging, were administered through the NHMRC's development grants scheme, and were given to UQ researchers Frank Gardiner, Istvan Toth, and Keith Mitchelson.


Gardiner will receive a little over $100,000 to develop a more precise and less invasive procedure for retrieving prostate cells from ejaculate to "compare two methods for profiling selected genetic changes to diagnose prostate cancer," according to an official university statement.


Toth will be awarded $99,750 to study gene therapy to cure choroidal neovascularization, the most severe form of age-related macular degeneration. Mitchelson will receive $79,750 to design new sequencing technology called "sequencing aided by mutation" for recalcitrant and repetitive DNA, the university said.

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