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Protein Structure Consortium Wins $6.5 Million from NIH

NEW YORK, Nov. 13-A major structural genomics consortium led by Rutgers University has won a third year of funding from the National Institutes of Health, the university said in a statement yesterday.


The National Institute of General Medical Sciences awarded the Northeast Structural Genomics Consortium $6.5 million for the year, including a $1.5 million supplement for new robotic equipment.


This is the third year that NIH has supported the effort. The federal agency plans to underwrite the protein structure project for a total of five years, to the tune of $27 million.


The structural genomics consortium, which includes researchers at Rutgers, Columbia University, Cornell University, Pacific Northwest National Labs and the State University of New York at Buffalo, among others, is working to reveal new 3-D protein structures and to improve protein structure determination methods. Members hope to reduce the cost of solving a protein structure from $300,000 to $10,000 to $20,000.

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