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Genome Canada Fund Swells to C$111M. Spruce and Potatoes Rejoice!

NEW YORK, April 5 - Genome Canada today announced it has been awarded C$35.5 million, or $22.3 million, over the last three days, bringing to C$111.5 million the total current round of national investment in Canadian genomics projects.


In British Columbia, funded projects include:


·        C$3.2 million for bioinformatics research into mammalian gene expression, a project that pairs British Columbia Cancer Agency genomicists with researchers from the European Bioinformatics Institute and the Wellcome Trust.


·        C$5.3 million for  C. elegans tissue-expression profiling, to be carried out by BCCA, the University of British Columbia, Karolinska Institute researchers, and others.


·        C$5.9 million for a comprehensive atlas of gene expression in mouse development. This database will be created by researchers from BCCA, the University of British Columbia, and the US National Cancer Institute.


In the Atlantic states, efforts include:


·        C$2.1 million for research into the comparative and functional genomics of the spruce.


·        C$1.5 million for the Canadian Potato Genome Project.


Genome Canada announced another set of regional grants earlier last week, and plans to make additional awards on Monday.


Genome Canada, a non-for-profit organization, distributes government grants in order to foster and encourage genomics research. Last year, the organization awarded C$135 million to 22 projects.


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