NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The National Institutes of Health today announced it awarded $29 million in fiscal 2014 to expand the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (RDCRN).

As a result of the funding, researchers at 22 consortia will collaborate with representatives of 98 patient advocacy groups to further clinical research and investigate new treatments for patients diagnosed with rare diseases, which affect about 25 million Americans.

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