By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Mayo Clinic and the Indian government have inked a memorandum of understanding to work together on a range of life science and biomedical research applications.

The Rochester, Minn.-based clinic and research center and India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have agreed to work together on biomarker, device, and drug studies related to genomics, chemical biology, metabolomics, heart disease, and other areas.

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