NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The DNA Medicine Institute has won a Small Business Innovation Research contract worth $600,000 over two years from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to develop nanoscale diagnostic assays for analyzing health from blood samples.

The for-profit firm, which bases its products on nanotechnology, genomics, and molecular biology among others, will use the Phase II funding to develop assays for assessment of bone loss, immune function, cardiac health, liver function, and lipid status.

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