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Canadian Gov't Pledges $32M for Population Genomics Consortium

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The Canadian government and the government of Québec plan to pump CA$34.5 million ($31.9 million) into a human genomics consortium, according to government officials.
The Public Population Project in Genomics, or P3G, could receive as much as CA$64.5 million when funds from other partners are counted, government ministers and the head of Genome Canada said at the Human Genome Organization’s annual meeting in Montreal today.
The primary aim of the Montreal-based P3G consortium is to foster “collaboration between researchers and projects in the field of population genomics." The group also includes the ongoing CARTaGENE project, Genome Canada said.
One of the major projects will be the creation of a large bio-bank, Genome Canada said, which will comprise data from 20,000 residents of Québec between the ages of 40 and 69.
Claude Laberge, a population genomics expert at the Laval University in Québec City who is involved in CARTaGENE, said the infrastructure “will function as a precursor for the development and testing of standards for large biobanks.”

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