NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The 15 "challenge areas" highlighted by the National Institutes of Health in its Challenge Grants program — which will distribute $200 million in stimulus funding to a variety of biomedical research areas — include grants for studies that explore bioethical questions and for developing new information technology for use in personalized medicine.

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