NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Human Genome Research Institute plans to fund development of short courses that will spread information about genomics methods and techniques and will update researchers on many of the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of new genomics advances.

Under a new funding opportunity, NHGRI will provide up to $50,000 to support classes less than two weeks in length that will be hosted by academic institutions or research institutes.

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