NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Four European research teams will use €38 million ($50.8 million) in funding from the European Union to harness genomic knowledge in developing new diagnostics and treatments for a range of rare diseases, Newcastle University said today.

Four new research programs were launched today by the International Rare Diseases Consortium (IRDiRC) that aim to use epigenetic, genetic, and whole-genome sequencing data to fuel development of these new applications.

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