NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The German Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF) plans to invest €16 million ($20.1 million) over five years into an initiative to generate epigenome maps, called DEEP, that will be a contributor to the International Human Epigenome Consortium (IHEC).

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