NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The European Union plans to fund new research seeking to establish the clinical utility of epigenetic biomarkers for blood-based diseases under its Blueprint consortium program, a €30 million ($39.8 million) effort focused on advancing hematopoietic biomarkers.

The Blueprint program is supporting several projects to speed the development, validation, and use of epigenetic biomarkers in treating diseases such as myeloid and lymphoblastic leukemias, myelodysplastic syndromes, lymphomas, and type 1 diabetes.

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