STRASBOURG, France, Nov. 14 – The European Commission is expected to give the genomics industry a large financial boost in its 2002 – 2006 research and development budget currently being debated in the European Parliament, an EC spokeswoman said Wednesday. 

Andrea Dahmen said she expected the European parliament to agree to earmark 1.1 billion euros ($968 million) exclusively for genomics and biotech research, up from zero in the 1998 – 2002 budget.

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