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ISB Gets $800K Grant for Mass Spec Biomarker Project

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A researcher at Seattle-based Institute for Systems Biology has been awarded a nearly $800,000 grant to use mass spectrometry to identify biomarkers for diagnosing and monitoring cancer and other diseases.

The grant came from the State of Washington's Life Sciences Discovery Fund, which awarded a total of $5.1 million to six research projects in the state.

ISB researcher Daniel Martin will use the $791,767 grant in an effort to develop new technologies for sensitive, high-throughput verification of biomarker candidates and then use these technologies for validation of candidates isolated from men with prostate cancer. The technology also may eventually be applied to other diseases.

The Scan

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