By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Human Genome Research Institute will move into the next phase of its electronic medical records research program with grants that will give around $25.5 million over the next four years to fund investigators and to start a coordinating center to support the research.

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