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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team of George Washington University researchers this month received a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help establish a gut microbiome analysis business based around a rapid metagenomic data algorithm developed at the school.

The six-month grant will primarily be used to develop a business strategy for the planned company, as well as to begin building a database of microbiome information, GWU's Krista Smith told GenomeWeb this week.

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