Research funds to target diseases at gene level

Australia’s best and brightest medical researchers will share in a $65 million investment in a new push to find cures for cancer, children’s illnesses and diseases with low survival rates. The research grants will be put towards unlocking the power of genomics. People with life-threatening genetic conditions could have their particular disease individually tested through genomic sequencing.

Health Minister Greg Hunt will today announce the first competitive call for applications under the Federal Government’s $500 million Genomics Health Futures Mission. The mission aims to
transform the lives of more than 200,000 people through research into better testing, diagnosis and treatment.

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