NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The European Commission said today that it has pumped €144 million ($188 million) into a number of new research projects that will target rare diseases, including 'omics-centered studies and efforts to understand the genetic diseases and develop personalized strategies for treating and managing them.

The funding will support 26 research projects in 29 countries and involve more than 300 participants at academic institutions and patients' groups and in the business community who will share knowledge and resources to address rare diseases.

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