Competition Time

Researchers looking for alternative support for their projects amid a tight funding environment might want to consider two industry-funded award competitions launched this week.

One, called the Populus Award, is sponsored by UK-based Population Genetics and will provide "financial and expert practical support for the completion of a multi-sample gene sequencing project" using the company's proprietary molecular tagging technology.

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