NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Lustgarten Foundation, a private non-profit that raises funds for pancreatic cancer research, has issued $1.6 million in grants for 2009 to support 'omics-based studies aimed at developing diagnostics and treatments for the disease.

The foundation will give funding to projects that will seek genetic biomarkers and microRNAs, and will conduct high-throughput sequencing, to develop early-stage diagnostics for the disease and to understand how it progresses.

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