NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers in four European countries will use a €6 million ($7.5 million) grant to develop molecular diagnostic testing technology to accelerate diagnosis of respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia, the European Commission said yesterday.

The grant will support a collaboration between scientists at the Molecular Diagnostics Research Group at the National University of Ireland, Galway; the French diagnostics firm Genewave; the Finnish biotech company Mobidiag; Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris; and University College London.

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