By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Internal Revenue Service has awarded $1 billion in grants and tax credits to a large number of small biomedical companies, including 'omics-based tool firms and molecular diagnostic companies, using funds provided through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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