NEW YORK, Feb 23 – The European Commission has proposed a new research and innovation budget for the European Union that highlights genomics as a key priority in the next four years, the EC said Thursday.

The budget of 17.5 billion euros ($15.8 billion) for research comprises part of an initiative to create a European Research Area.

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