NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institute of Mental Health plans to fund development of a browser that will make RNA sequence data from a large-scale brain resource more useful for neuroscience researchers.

NIMH said it will award up to $750,000 in 2015 to fund the project, which will create a "sophisticated, user-friendly" technology that will provide access to RNA-seq data from the BrainSpan Atlas of the Developing Human Brain project through the Allen Institute for Brain Sciences.

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