NIH awards $25 million to J. Craig Venter Institute for infectious disease research

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Will Dunham writing for Reuters announces NIH funding of infectious disease research to the tune of 25 million over 5 years. The awarded money is to focus on infectious disease at the genetic level. More funding is always good! Congrats to the J. Craig Venter Institute!

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has awarded $25 million to the J. Craig Venter Institute to back an initiative to study infectious diseases like malaria and influenza at the genetic level to help find better treatments and preventive measures.

The institute, with offices in Maryland and California, will use the 5-year grant from NIH to establish the Genome Center for Infectious Diseases to study the genetic secrets of a wide range of bacteria, viruses and parasites, officials said on Thursday.