By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Monell Center has won a $2 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to support a range of research approaches, including PCR-based genotyping studies, in its core facilities.

The Philadelphia center focuses its research on the mechanisms and functions of taste and smell, and this five-year grant will support three research cores, including the Genotyping and DNA/RNA Analysis Core.

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