By a GenomeWeb Staff Reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The W.M. Keck Foundation today said it has awarded the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center a $1 million grant to sequence DNA from the human immune system.

The project, the goal of which is to provide a greater understanding of the genetic signatures of a large number of pathogenic exposures, will start with 17 common viruses and bacteria. The researchers will investigate changes related to environment exposure shared by individuals with the same disease.

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