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Canada Proposes $60M (CA) Funding for Genome Canada in FY 05

NEW YORK, March 24 (GenomeWeb News) -- Canada is proposing a $60 Million ($45 million US) funding in Fiscal Year 2005 for Genome Canada, the country's primary funding agency for genomics and proteomics research, Ralph Goodale, Canada's finance minister, said on Tuesday in a speech introducing the government's budget proposal to Canada's parliament.

Genome Canada has five genome centers spanning the country.

The proposed funding falls short of the $75 million earmarked for the agency last year (2003), and dramatically less than the $140 million (2002) and $160 million (2001) previously budgeted to the agency. A Genome Canada spokesperson told GenomeWeb that the agency is pleased with the funding proposal given that the budget comes in an election year, and at the end of a five-year planning period for the agency.

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