NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health has scratched a plan it had been considering to pull its two research institutes that focus on the abuse of and addiction to drugs and alcohol into one single institute that would focus on addiction and substance abuse.

NIH made the decision two years after a review board had recommended that they be molded into one institute.

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