NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Cambridge said today it has launched new multidisciplinary, collaborative research programs focused on synthetic biology and big data, as well as cardiovascular disease and public policy.

The university has added the four new subject areas into its Strategic Research Initiative program, which brings together academics from different disciplines to harness their expertise and make a “real-world impact,” Cambridge said.

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