NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The University of
Manchester will use a £2.4 million ($4 million) grant from the non-profit Arthritis Research UK to create a center focused on discovering and applying genetic knowledge about arthritis, the university said today.

The Arthritis Research UK Centre for Genetics and Genomics will investigate the genetic factors that lead to people developing inflammatory arthritis, and will seek to use this knowledge to identify better targets for treating this disease.

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