NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year, $13 million grant to a public-private research consortium to develop and disseminate stem cell-based technologies and assays to study autism spectrum disorder and other mental health diseases.

Gene Yeo, an associate professor of cellular and molecular medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and a founding member of the Institute for Genomic Medicine, is principal investigator on the project.

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