NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Canada has launched a C$41 million (US$41.2 million) initiative to fund epigenetics research programs through collaborations between the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Genome Quebec and Genome BC, the government of Japan, and the Fonds de Recherche Sante, Quebec (FRSQ).

The Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium (CEEHRC) will engage in and support studies to uncover how environmental factors can affect gene expression and lead to a range of diseases, CIHR said today.

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