NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Tulane University has received $11.1 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to support development of young cancer genetics researchers through a career-development program.

The funding to pay for new researchers through a mentorship program came from one $10.5 million Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant and a roughly $600,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act supplemental grant.

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