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European Consortium, Including DeCode, Wins EUR8.1M to Study Genetics of Addiction

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (GenomeWeb News) - A consortium of eight European research organizations, including DeCode Genetics of Iceland, has won an €8.1 million ($10.6 million) contract from the European Union to study the genetics of addiction, the UK's University of Surrey said yesterday.


The project, headed  by Ian Kitchen at the Universityof Surrey, will combine human population genetics with animal genetics and gene expression studies to identify genes involved in addiction. DeCode will head the human genetics component, working with Iceland's National Center of Addiction Medicine.


Funded through the EU's Sixth Framework Program, the initiative also includes researchers from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain; Universite Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France; Life and Brain in Bonn, Germany; the PolishAcademyof Sciences in Krakow, Poland; and the HungarianAcademyof Sciences in Budapest, Hungary.

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