NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) –The National Institute on Drug Abuse plans to fund research efforts to develop new methods for sequencing, mapping, and analyzing genomes of animals that have been bred to have traits related to addiction, with the aim of identifying gene variants that may be involved in addiction.

NIDA will provide up to $125,000 per year for three years to support these projects, the National Institutes of Health said on Friday.

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