WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King this week announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $413,020 to Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor to develop an online aid for researchers studying the genetics of alcoholism and addiction. This grant is the first in five years of incremental funding that will result in nearly $2 million for research.
The lab, along with partners at Baylor University and the University of Tennessee, have created GeneWeaver.org, an online knowledge discovery environment for researchers to investigate functional genomics – physical characteristics or behaviors and the genes that control them – for many different species, including humans and mice. This grant funding will support further development of the behavioral neurosciences on the website, with a specific emphasis on alcoholism and addiction.