NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences expects to commit around $110 million in 2013 to fund as many as 18 Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), a program it has taken over from the National Center for Research Resources, which was phased out at the end of last year, according to a new funding announcement.

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