By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Michigan has reeled in a $7.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the genetic factors involved in Clostridium difficile infections in humans, a growing hospital-acquired infection problem that has doubled in recent years, the university said today.

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