NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health has pledged $275 million to fund two multi-year research programs, including studies to discover the causes and cures for rare diseases and how extracellular RNA is involved in disease, NIH said today.

The new strategic funding from NIH's Common Fund includes $145 million for the Undiagnosed Diseases Program, or UDP, and $130 million for the Extracellular RNA Communication program.

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