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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The National Institutes of Health plans has awarded six clinical research institutions $43 million to create a National Human Genome Research Institute-led network that will use genomic medicine to investigate rare and undiagnosed diseases.

NHGRI said today the funding for the Undiagnosed Diseases Network, provided by the NIH Common Fund, expands the Undiagnosed Diseases Program that has been running at the NIH Clinical Center for six years.

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