By Alex Philippidis

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – With the end of stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 rapidly approaching, it appears that research institutes are prepared to proceed without the additional money and believe other sources of funding will be found to support their work.

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