NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A number of Brazilian research centers in the state of Sao Paolo, including a human genomics institute, will be funded with an estimated $680 million over the next 11 years, with $370 million of that funding coming from the Sao Paolo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

The 17 Research, Innovation, and Dissemination Centers (RIDCs) that will receive the funding will engage in a wide range of biomedical research projects and includes the Human Genome and Stem Cell Research Center (HUG-CELL) at the University of Sao Paolo, the foundation said yesterday.

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