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Environmental Genome Project Aims to Find 200 Genes Affected by Toxins

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC--The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) here has announced a new Environmental Genome Project that will search for human genes that control susceptibility to toxic chemicals, trace metals, and other environmental hazards. The five-year project will receive $50 million in funding. Kenneth Olden, the NIEHS director, reported that the project aims to identify at least 200 genes that are vulnerable to the effects of environmental toxins.

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