NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Research Resources plans to grant around $43 million in fiscal 2009 to fund the purchase of expensive biomedical instruments.
 
According to a program announcement released Friday, the NCRR’s Shared Instrument Grant program is seeking applications from groups of NIH-supported researchers looking to buy or upgrade equipment that costs between $100,000 and $500,000.

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Technology Review reports that researchers in the US have used CRISPR to modify a number of human embryos.

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