NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Human Genome Research Institute said today that it has awarded $10.5 million into studies aiming to develop new technologies for identifying functional genomic elements.

The new projects were funded under the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements, or ENCODE, project, a long-term effort launched in 2003 to create a catalog of functional elements in the human genome, and which last year received $123 million to continue to expand.

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