Jeremy Grushcow at the Cross-Border Biotech Blog discusses Canada's funding woes. First, Genome Canada was shocked when the Canadian government withdrew its funding, though the Canadian government disputed that interpretation, saying that Genome Canada is still receiving money from previous budgets.

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