NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health expects to award $43 million in 2014 to help research centers buy new or upgrade existing instruments for use in genomics, mass spectrometry, imaging, microscopy, and a range of other biomedical research areas.

The funding from NIH's Shared Instrumentation program will support the purchase or upgrading of expensive instruments through roughly 85 new awards.

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