NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Seven universities and institutes in Belgium have teamed up to create a network to support the nation's genomics research endeavors, filling a need for greater sharing of technologies and expertise, one of the partners, KU Leuven, said this week.

Along with KU Leuven, the new Belgian Genomics Initiative (BeMGI) includes partners in Antwerp and Ghent, and at The Catholic University of Leuven, the University of Liege, and both the French (ULB) and Dutch-speaking (VUB) universities that share the same name in English, the Free University of Brussels.

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