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US Justice Department Earmarks $125M for President's DNA Initiative

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The US Department of Justice has earmarked $125 million for funding opportunities available through President George Bush’s 3-year-old DNA Initiative, the DOJ said today.
The DNA Initiative is a 5-year, $1 billion commitment from the government to improve the nation’s capacity to use DNA evidence by improving crime lab capacity, funding R&D, eliminating backlogs of criminal genetic evidence, and other projects.
In addition to the funding provided through the DNA Initiative, $18.5 million has been awarded to improve criminal justice forensic services.

All of the grants will be administered by the National Institute of Justice, the R&D and evaluation arm of the Dept of Justice, the DOJ said.

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