NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institute of Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism aim to spend $3 million next year to fund between four and eight investigators who will map genetic traits associated with addiction in mouse strains and how environmental changes and developmental stages affect them.
 
NIDA expects to use $2 million in fiscal year 2009 to fund between two and five applications and NIAAA will commit roughly $1 million next year to these studies.

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