NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The National Human Genome Research Institute has set aside $3.9 million in funding for 2010 to create several cross-disciplinary centers that will study the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomics technologies.

To that end, the agency said it plans to launch a new funding program to support the effort, and will give grants of up to $750,000 per year for five years to fund as many as three specialized centers and exploratory centers and up to $150,000 per year for three years for three exploratory research projects.

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