By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Genome Canada is making plans to launch a new large-scale program focused on genomics and medicine that will provide between C$40 million (US$39 million) and C$65 million for projects lasting up to four years.

According to Genome Alberta, the Genomics and Personalized Health program is expected to launch either by the end of this year or in the beginning of 2012, but final details about the program are not yet available.

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