Provincial government promises $50 million for Genome British Columbia

Money will go towards long-term projects looking at DNA research

The British Columbia government is promising $50 million in funding for a program that focuses on DNA research.Genome British Columbia will receive the money over five years beginning in 2010 to pay for long-term projects, help it compete for national and international funding, and recruit researchers. The money is on top of more than $150 million the province has already given the non-profit body in the past seven years.

The organization also receives funding from the federal government through Genome Canada.

The province’s advanced education minister, Murray Coell, says the Genome B.C. conducts vital research in a wide array of areas, including health, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and the environment.

-with a report from CP