NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers at the University of Miami School of Medicine plan to use a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to discover DNA variants that may function as biomarkers for susceptibility and therapeutic response for patients who suffer from persistent pain, the university said yesterday.

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