NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) –The Canadian federal government has partnered with the provincial governments and the private sector to pump nearly C$11 million ($10.8 million) into a number of new research projects that will develop new bioinformatic and computational biology tools for handling and analyzing genomic data.

These 17 new research projects were selected through Genome Canada's 2012 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Competition, a partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Genome Canada said today.

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