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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute announced today it has joined Cancer-ID, a European consortium to validate blood-based biomarkers for cancer. 

With a total budget of €14.5 million ($15.7 million), Cancer-ID is a newly created consortium funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative. It currently has 33 members from 13 countries tasked with establishing standard protocols for and clinical validation of blood-based biomarkers, such as circulating tumor cells, cell-free tumor DNA, and microRNAs. 

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