The National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Mental Health have earmarked approximately $1.4 million in grants to support small businesses developing technologies that can detect, isolate, and characterize microRNAs that exist in complex disease-relevant mixtures at low levels.

The funding opportunity, which is expected to finance five to 10 grant projects during 2007 and 2008, also includes technologies that detect and characterize peptides and proteins, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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