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Canada Provides C$1.1M for Synthetic Biology to University of Lethbridge

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Canadian government today announced it is providing C$1.1 million (US$864,000) in funding to the University of Lethbridge to support the creation of Alberta's first synthetic biology maker space. 

With the funding provided through Western Economic Diversification Canada's Western Diversification Program, the synthetic biology maker space will "enhance research capabilities, boost services available for industry partners, increase training capacity … and enable students to explore commercial applications of their research ideas," WEDC said in a statement. 

The funding will go toward the purchase of a PCR cycler and a cell sorter, as well as the development of a protein and nucleic acid purification infrastructure for assembling biological devices.