By Julia Karow

This article was originally published Nov. 12.

As part of the recent expansion of the National Institutes of Health's Cancer Genome Atlas, the National Cancer Institute recently awarded $16.6 million to six Genome Characterization Centers and $7 million to six new Genome Data Analysis Centers in fiscal year 2009.

Total funding for the five-year awards has not yet been finalized.

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