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Bush s Fiscal 07 Budget Includes $68M for Researching Genetic Basis of Disease

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Institutes of Health is allotted to receive $28.4 billion in 2007 for biomedical research, with programs aiming to study the genetic basis of disease, biodefense, and pandemic influenza research, according to President Bush's proposed budget, unveiled yesterday.


As part of the president's proposed budget, which must be approved by Congress, the $28.4 billion will be earmarked for the NIH's Roadmap for Medical Research, including $68 million "to accelerate discovery of the major genetic factors for diseases that have a substantial public health impact," according to a US Health and Human Services document.


Additionally, the new initiative will "accelerate the development of technology, which will help make clear the connection between genes and the environment on human health," the HHS document said.


Also included in the budget is a request for nearly $160 million to support activities related to the advanced development of biodefense countermeasures, and $35 million for pandemic influenza clinical trials and studies.

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