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A&M center gets $750,000 EPA grant

A&M center gets $750,000 EPA grant

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A Texas A&M University research center has received a $750,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to study the threat of chemical exposure to human health.

The Texas A&M Institute for Genomic Medicine, which is jointly operated by the university and the A&M Health Science Center, will work with the University of Houston and Indiana University to conduct the research. The partnership received $3.2 million in grant money.

The research will be combined with similar studies in an effort to build a screening system that prioritizes chemicals for more risk study.

The Texas A&M Institute for Genomic Medicine maintains a mouse stem cell library that is used to promote medical discovery and is available to researchers around the world.

The institute has been a source of controversy recently. Some faculty members have called it a financial disaster that wasn't properly vetted by the research community.

Its proponents call it a state-of-the-art institute that has earned respect across the country.

"This [grant] is our first opportunity to really demonstrate the vast potential of our TIGM mouse embryonic stem cell library in approaching difficult problems that affect human health," said Richard Finnell, executive director of TIGM, in a statement announcing the grant.

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