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Coriell Institute Gets $14.6M From NIH to Oversee Human Genetic Cell Repository

NEW YORK, Dec. 15 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Institute of General Medical Sciences will give the Coriell Institute for Medical Research $14.6 million over five years to help it continue running the NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository

 

The HGCR, now in its 32nd year as an NIGMS-funded research resource, provides cells and DNA for use in human genetic and genomic research. Since it was founded in 1972, the HGCR has distributed more than 100,000 cell cultures and 282,000 DNA samples, it said.

 

The HGCR also houses "extensive panels of cell lines and DNA representing nearly all the variations of certain disease genes such as the BRCA1 breast and ovarian cancer gene and the cystic fibrosis gene," the NIGMS said in a statement.

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