NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Scientists from the Texas A&M University, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Houston will use a $4.4 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to create a research center focused on the study of environmental health risks, Texas A&M said yesterday.

Researchers spread across the three institutions will use the National Center of Excellence in Environmental Health Science grant to create a Center for Translational Environmental Health Research (CTEHR).

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