NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health plans to address the ethical, legal, and social implications of the Human Microbiome Project in a similar way as it did the Human Genome Project, and this week said that it will fund roughly three awards with up to $250,000 per year over three years.

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