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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Spanish bioinformatics firm Integromics said today that it has joined an EU-funded consortium that is developing new methods for managing massive genomics data sets and trying to make them more useful in the clinical realm.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The French government has provided €13.4 million ($17.4 million) to fund the Innovative MODels Initiative (IMODI), a partnership aimed at facilitating the development of new cancer treatments.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Government and private foundation partners in British Columbia have joined together in an effort to use genomics technologies to find out why so many salmon die in the open ocean before they can make it back to their freshwater spawning beds, Genome BC said today.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A new European consortium that will use a variety of omics technologies to discover biomarkers for heart failure diagnostics and treatment has been launched and will hold its kick-off meeting in Nancy, France on Feb. 22.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Quebec's government will provide C$10 million (US$9.9 million) over four years to launch a new personalized cancer medicine collaboration between private and public partners that will aim to integrate biomarkers into cancer care and reduce treatment costs.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Blue Genomics Consortium Chile is providing $17 million in funding to perform genomics-based research into why some Atlantic salmon and trout seem resistant to Caligus and Salmon Rickettsial Syndrome (SRS).

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Four European research teams will use €38 million ($50.8 million) in funding from the European Union to harness genomic knowledge in developing new diagnostics and treatments for a range of rare diseases, Newcastle University said today.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An international group of translational research organizations that includes the Scripps Research Institute have teamed up to form a new partnership that will collaborate on projects and share resources and expertise, the UK non-profit MRC Technology said today.

SAN DIEGO (GenomeWeb News) – Members of the Next Generation Cassava Breeding project are gearing up to implement genomic selection in cassava breeding in sub-Saharan Africa — a strategy that's expected to help breeders of the staple crop develop new cassava varieties more quickly.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The UK's Medical Research Council has funded a new international initiative seeking to develop a multi-partner platform that will harness genomics and other technologies to study chronic, non-communicable diseases that impact sub-Saharan African.

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