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By Julia Karow

The National Human Genome Research Institute has awarded about $14.5 million in grants to nine research groups developing new DNA sequencing technologies to sequence a human genome for $1,000 or less.

Seven of the grants went to academic groups — one with ties to Oxford Nanopore Technologies — and two were awarded to companies, Stratos Genomics and Electron Optica.

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