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Germany s Ministry of Education and Research Funds Disease Genomics Projects with 135M

NEW YORK, May 14 (GenomeWeb News) - Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding 300 research projects under the German National Genome Research Network program with €135 million ($160 million), the ministry said on Tuesday.


The three-year funding is the second round of the program, which focuses on disease-oriented projects. The projects will focus on heart disease, cancer, infectious diseases and inflammation, environmental diseases, and diseases of the nervous system.


Besides research networks, the second round will fund individual projects and includes new technologies, such as RNA interference.

The Scan

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In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.