NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Investigators in the UK and the Netherlands have partnered to use genome sequencing to uncover genomic and biochemical characteristics of four human cancers and to screen drug combinations aimed at creating personalized treatments.

The researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the Netherlands Cancer Institute, or NKI, have been awarded a £14.5 million ($18.9 million) Synergy grant from the European Research Council to fund the effort, which is part of the ERC's CombatCancer initiative, the European Commission said yesterday.

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