NIAID Grants $106M for Infectious Disease Sequencing | GenomeWeb

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has just issued $106 million to three genome sequencing centers for research into infectious diseases.

Under the contracts, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the J. Craig Venter Institute have been awarded $43 million each, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, has won $20 million.

The funds for the three Genome Sequencing Centers for Infectious Disease grants were awarded within the last week.

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