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NICHD to Fund Human and Pet Gene Studies

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb news) –The National Institutes of Health will grant up to $50,000 per year for up to two years to fund research grants into human and pet interaction and hospital-acquired infections, including studies of gene and environment interaction

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development will fund research that may use the dog genome resource and may conduct other genetics research into genes that are relevant to humans, particularly in terms of social and emotional behaviors.

The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition has put forth $250,000 for the grants as part of a partnership it began with NICHD in 2008.

Among a wide range of research endeavors that the funding could support are genetics research in animal models and human genes; using domesticated animals as models for identifying gene and behavior associations in humans; studying gene candidates in dogs that could also be used to study social and emotional behaviors in humans, such as different polymorphisms of the vasopressin 1A receptor gene that is linked to pair bonding.

More information about the grants, The Role of Human-Animal Interaction in Child Health and Development, is available here.

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