Bioinformatics programs at the National Science Foundation are beginning to take shape. Speaking February 26 at a meeting of the Biomedical Information Science and Technology Initiative Consortium at the National Institutes of Health, W. Richards Adrion said that NSF plans to invest $15-20 million in bioinformatics activities in 2002. Adrion is the director of the Experimental and Integrative Activities Division within NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering.

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