NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded seven grants to researchers to fund fund projects that identify and validate promising biomarkers for assessing gut function, health, and disease.

The grants totaling $9 million were awarded under the Gates Foundation's Biomarkers of Gut Function and Health program. Operating under the foundation's Grand Challenges in Global Health program, the grants fund research with a particular focus on the structural or functional integrity of the small bowel.

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