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UK's ESRC Renews Funding for Three Research Programs on Social Aspects of Genomics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The UK’s Economic and Social Research Council will continue its funding for its three genomics research centers through 2012, the agency said today.
 
The ESRC said the Center for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics will receive around
£8 million ($15 million) over the next five years to continue working on social and economic aspects of genomics.
 
The ESRC Center for Genomics in Society, which studies social implications of areas such as nutrigenomics, systems biology, and gene therapy, will receive around £4 million ($7.5 million).
 
Innogen, a collaboration between Edinburgh University and the Open University focused on “the evolution of the new life science economy and the governance of innovation in the life sciences,” will be granted around £5 million ($9.4 million).
 
“Insights from social science explain how genomic technologies can benefit our health service and realize the potential benefits that they can bring to developing countries,” Adrian Alsop, an ESRC director, said in a statement.

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