The University of Washington has been awarded a two-year, $25 million grant from the federal stimulus program to establish a new genome sequencing center to explore underlying causes of heart, lung, and blood diseases. The new UW center, to be led by scientist Deborah Nickerson, is one of two such sequencing centers being set up through the stimulus, along with one at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Six total grants worth a combined $64 million will go academic collaborators on the research, according to a statement from the National Institutes of Health. UW scientist Michael Bamshad is receiving a $5.2 million grant as part of the collaboration.
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