By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University have won a grant of $1 million from the W.M. Keck Foundation to explore human genomic motifs and how they may be involved in the onset and progression of diseases.

The funding will support studies of a particular group of genomic combinations referred to as pyknons, a set of letters that repeat more frequently than expected by chance.

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