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NEW YORK – The National Institutes of Health has awarded grants totaling $29.5 million to two centers involving researchers in the US and Europe to generate and maintain a new human genome reference sequence that will better represent human diversity.

"The proposed improvements will serve the growing basic and clinical genomics research communities by helping them interpret both research and patient genome sequences," Adam Felsenfeld, program director in the Division of Genome Sciences at the National Human Genome Research Institute, which manages the awards, said in a statement.

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