NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health said today that it has awarded $17 million to fund 24 new research projects seeking to understand how extracellular RNA is involved in communication between cells and how they may be used as biomarkers for diseases.

The funding under the new Extracellular RNA Communication program, paid for through the NIH Common Fund, will fuel efforts to examine exRNA biology and to develop tools for applying new discoveries about exRNA in research and in disease diagnosis and treatment.

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