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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

NIDA, NIAAA to Spend $3M in FY '09 for Mouse Genetics and Environment Studies

[October 22, 2008]

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institute of Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism aim to spend $3 million next year to fund between four and eight investigators who will map genetic traits associated with addiction in mouse strains and how environmental changes and developmental stages affect them.

NIDA expects to use $2 million in fiscal year 2009 to fund between two and five applications and NIAAA will commit roughly $1 million next year to these studies. Applicants may seek funds totaling $1.4 million in direct costs of up to five years.

The mouse genome has been sequenced in a number of different strains and it is now time to try to map the complex traits and identify the gene-development interactions for addiction-related behaviors in the mouse, the National Institutes of Health said in a request for applications.
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