NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The UK government announced today the signing of a deal with 25 global organizations that aims to boost life sciences research and investment in the UK. Included in the deal is a government commitment of up to £210 million ($280.9 million) to expand early diagnostics programs, genomics research, and artificial intelligence-driven science.

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