NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Genome Canada, along with various Canadian provinces and partners from the public and private sectors, announced this week that they have committed C$128.3 million (US$97 million) to fund two initiatives promoting the use of genomic technologies to improve human health and agriculture, as well as to address key environmental challenges.

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