NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The RTI International has received a four-year, $5.3 million award from the National Human Genome Research Institute to expand its web-based tool for the use of phenotypic data in genomics and biomedical research.

As part of the award, RTI will update and expand the PhenX Toolkit, a web-based catalog of 339 measures of phenotypes and exposures that combines data from various studies.

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