This article has been updated to correct the previously reported aim of one of the grants and to correct the name of a university.

By Uduak Grace Thomas

Three life-science projects are among 13 teams that will have free access to Microsoft's Azure cloud-computing platform for two years as part of an agreement between Microsoft and the National Science Foundation.

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