By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Auburn University has broken ground on a $28.8 million research center that will house a range of scientific disciplines including genomics, bioinformatics, water, and ecological research, as well as architecture and forestry studies.

Auburn held a ground-breaking ceremony on Friday for the 84,000 square-foot facility, called the Auburn University Center for Advanced Science, Innovation, and Commerce (CASIC), at the Auburn Technology Park.

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