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NHLBI Plans to Fund Interdisciplinary Systems Biology Research

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute intends to issue a Request for Applications for an exploratory program in systems biology this fall, NHLBI said last week.

 

The new program would support innovative, high-risk, high-impact research. NHLBI envisions teams of experimental and computational or modeling researchers getting together to further the understanding of biological networks and pathways critical for the function of the heart, lungs, blood, and sleep.

 

The institute encourages researchers with a range of expertise, including biomedical, physical, informatic, and mathematical, to form collaborative teams and consider applying for the initiative.

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