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South Koreans Set Aside $100M for Genome Research Project

NEW YORK, May 27 (GenomeWeb News) - A total of 100 billion won ($100 million) will be invested over the next five years into a South Korean genome research project that aims to find cures for 10 major diseases, including cancer, the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare said this week.

 

According to an article in The Korea Times, the Korean National Genome Research Institute and the KoreaCenterfor Disease Control and Prevention initiated a project in 2000 to establish a SNP database related to Koreans and some 1,000 diseases. Eighty-four billion won have already been spent on the project since 2000.

 

With the data that has been compiled so far and the additional investment, the Korean government plans to develop remedies tailored to individual patients, Korean health officials said.

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