NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The National Institutes of Health plans to spend as much as $20 million over the next five years to fund five or six genome-wide association studies aimed at identifying genetic links to type 2 diabetes found in multiple ethnic groups in the US, the agency said last week.

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