By Alex Philippidis

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A Minnesota legislator is working to bar future cuts in funding for the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics with an aim of avoiding future reductions, such as the $427,000 permanent annual cut included in a budget measure signed last week by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

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