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Genome B.C. to Receive $CA33.6 Million from Canadian Province

NEW YORK, March 20 - Genome British Columbiawill receive $CA27.5 million ($18.6 million) from the British Columbian government, the Canadian province announced yesterday.

 

Additionally, the province's Michael Smith Foundation, a public organization named for the province's first Nobel Laureate, has anted up $CA6.1 million ($4.1 million), for Genome B.C.

 

The awards will fund five research projects on human functional genomics, forestry genomics, early-stage cancer, and environmental-organism interaction; as well as financing the development of genomics infrastructure, a government statement said.

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