NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The National Institutes of Health has awarded roughly $9 million to fund eight projects that will add to knowledge about how genes are expressed and regulated in human tissues, as part of the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) initiative.

The new grants, which couldtotal as much as $15 million over their full three-year terms, will expand upon the GTEx resource database and tissue bank, which launched in 2010, by generating more data and knowledge about gene expression and genomic variation, NIH said today.

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