NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Roughly half of $16.4 million in Challenge Grants stimulus funding that The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded went to fund molecular biology projects using genomics, genetics, RNA research, synthetic biology, epigenetics, and similar focus areas, NIGMS said this week.

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