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NHGRI launches its Centers for Excellence in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Research program with four new, interdisciplinary centers to tackle issues related to genomics. Over the next five years, $20 million will be spent on the program, with smaller contributions coming from DOE and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The first four centers are at Case Western Reserve University; Duke University; Stanford University; and the University of Washington.

 

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