NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Genome Canada, have awarded C$2.3 million (US$2 million) to the newly minted Canadian Rare Diseases Models and Mechanisms (RDMM) network to investigate the molecular mechanisms of rare diseases by looking at orthologous genes and pathways in model organisms.

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