NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The National Institutes of Health announced that it has earmarked more than $96 million over the next six years to fund various research centers that will support its Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC), a program launched this summer that aims to identify, characterize, and catalog human biological molecules affected by physical activity. 

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