By Julia Karow

This article, originally published Oct. 1, has been updated with additional information and with comments from a Broad Institute researcher.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute said last week that it is granting more than $64 million to five institutions over two years for a large-scale DNA sequencing project that will analyze the exomes of 12 well-phenotyped cohorts involving more than 8,000 people.

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