NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US National Institutes of Health wants to provide further support for efforts to understand the function of genes that may be involved in certain diseases, particularly genes that have recently been identified through its Undiagnosed Diseases Program, the agency said this week. It plans to award up to $150,000 to supplement such efforts next year.

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