NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Molecular diagnostics developer DiamiR said today it has received a grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research for a study to validate the use of microRNA biomarkers for detecting Parkinson's early.

The Monmouth Junction, NJ-based firm did not disclose the value of the MJFF grant.

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