NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine announced today that it has received a $1.7 million grant from Irish biopharmaceutical firm Shire to fund 10 training fellowships.

The one-to-two year awards will be used to train medical geneticists over the next three years with the aim of helping to end the shortage of medical geneticists in the US, the foundation said. "We have reached a critical juncture in terms of the integration of medical genetics into healthcare," said ACMG Foundation Executive Director Michael Watson in a statement.

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