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People in the News: Michael Brudno, Marc Fiume, Brendan Frey, and Benjamin Blencowe


This week, the Ontario Genomics Institute announced four teams who will share $200,000 in funding as part of a competition that was launched this year to fund genomics technology development projects in Ontario, Canada.

Among the winners are the University of Toronto's Michael Brudno and Marc Fiume for their software called MedSavant, a tool which lets users identify genomic mutations that are associated with diseases.

Two other recipients of the grant were UT's Brendan Frey and Benjamin Blencowe, for their work on a web-based portal that helps medical researchers study how DNA mutations impact RNA splicing and play a role in disease.

Each research team will receive a $50,000 award.

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