The National Institutes of Health this month announced that it has earmarked at least $200 million to fund grant projects, including ones involving RNAi and microRNAs, over the next two years as part of a bid to support biomedical research in the United States.

The funding comes courtesy of the $787 billion stimulus package recently signed into law by President Obama, which increased financing to a variety of governmental health and research agencies, including the NIH and the US Food and Drug Administration.

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