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Concordia Launches Genomics Center in Montreal

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Concordia University has launched a new center at its Loyola Campus in Montreal's west end that will focus on using structural and functional genomics to develop ways to transform green waste into biofuels.

The Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics was funded with a C$29.3 million ($28.8 million) grant from the federal and provincial governments' Knowledge Infrastructure Program, as GenomeWeb Daily News reported in 2009.

The three-story facility includes a total of around 60,000 square feet and will include genomics and bioinformatics labs that will focus on interdisciplinary studies in molecular and cellular studies of biomass conversion, cellulosic biofuels, and systems biology.

The CSFG facility will house 150 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors.

The center was inaugurated Friday along with another new center that will merge behavioral research, nutrition, athletic therapy, exercise, psychology, and physiology.

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