NEW YORK, March 14 - The Johns Hopkins University's bioethics institute has received $9.9 million from the Pew Charitable Trusts to create a new center to study bioethics and public policy, the school said on Thursday.

During the grant's initial three-year period, the Genetics and Public Policy Center, to be based in Washington, will "explore policy options and guidelines for using reproductive genetic technologies in humans, such as manipulating genes to select certain characteristics," according to Hopkins.

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