NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The National Institutes of Health announced today that it has earmarked $21 million over the next four years to fund a network of research groups that will help build a data commons to serve as a cloud-based platform for storing, sharing, accessing, and computing biomedical data and other digital objects.

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