NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies this week said that it has awarded around $1.7 million in five new grants to seven organizations through its foundation. The firm said that among the organization that have received funding are the Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, for its online biology textbook, Life on Earth, and a PBS documentary on the use of DNA as a diagnostic tool.

Life Technologies said that, including these awards, its foundation has committed around $5 million in funding in 2009.

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