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NCI Awards $10M to Six US Labs Researching Cancer Biomarkers

NEW YORK, Nov. 28 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Cancer Institute awarded a total of $10 million to six research groups developing molecular markers for cancer, the agency said today.

 

The projects will confirm, refine, and evaluate molecular signatures; develop reproducible assays for molecular signatures; and identify molecular markers to be used in clinical decisions.

 

The grants are part of NCI's Strategic Partnering to Evaluate Cancer Signatures program.

 

Six institutions received the grant: the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif., University of California in Irvine; the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha; the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque; Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tenn.; and Washington University's Department of Medicine in St. Louis.

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