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NIH Doles Out $21.5M to Help Labs Buy 'High-End' Proteomic, Genomic Tools

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health has set aside $21.5 million for 14 grants to help a number of academic labs buy high-end instruments, including mass spectrometers, sequencers, and supercomputers, the agency said today.
  • Stanford University received $543,750 for an ultra-high-throughput genome sequencing system that performs clonal amplification and pyrosequencing to support microbial genome sequencing; 
  • The University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Virginia each received $2 million for an 800-megahertz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer. UCSB will study protein interactions with bacteria, and UVA will focus on biopolymers and membrane proteins; 
  • The University of California at Los Angeles received $1.2 million for a high-resolution, hybrid Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer to study neurodegenerative diseases, respiratory illnesses, and cancer;
  • The University of Maryland in Baltimore County received $1.5 million for a hybrid, 12 Tesla quadrupole/trap-Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer to characterize nucleic acids; and
  • The University of Washington received $500,000 for a multi-tiered proteomic compute cluster for protein chemistry studies to study lung injury diseases, toxicity, and drug-induced liver disease.
The one-time awards fund a maximum of $2 million to research institutions purchasing sophisticated instruments as part of biomedical research. The awards will be made through The National Center for Research Resources.
Information about the NIH's High-End Instrumentation program is here.

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