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Gene sequencing centers funded

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Dec. 11, 2006

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Three sequencing centers recently received federal funding to pursue the genomic basis of disease, the National Human Genome Research Institute announced Nov. 20.

The centers will direct a significant part of their effort to the Cancer Genome Atlas Pilot Project, which is exploring the feasibility of mounting a large-scale effort to identify important genomic changes involved in cancer.

The intended result of the project is better strategies for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases, said Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, institute director.

The centers selected are at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University; Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis; and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2006/12/11/hlbf1211.htm.

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