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Canadian Genomics Research Just Became C$118M Richer

NEW YORK, April 10 - Genome Canada's said this week that genomics research in Ontario will get C$118 million, or roughly US$74 million, from the Canadian government to create 13 new research projects. Genome Canada said it has contributed $59 million of that money.

The infusion brings to $311 million the total cash awarded to Canadian genomics research, which now has enough to launch 34 new research projects around the country, according to Genome Canada.


The Ontario Genomics Institute can expect to receive from Genome Canada:


·        $800,000 for an agriculture project;


·        $12.5 million for an bioinformatics project;


·        $3 million for an environmental project;


·        $1.4 million to study the ethical, environmental, legal, and social aspects of genomics research;


·        $33 million for six health projects; and


·        $6 million to develop new genomics technologies.


Genome Canada said that these projects will employ 180 researchers every year for the next three years. About 89 students and post-docs will also receive training under these projects.


Last week, Genome Canada announced cash awards for projects in British Columbia and the Atlantic states, and in Quebec and the Prairie region.


Genome Canada's mission is to distribute $300 million from the Canadian government in order foster genomics research. Last year, in its first round of grants, the organization distributed $135 million among 22 projects.