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Duke to Create Systems Biology Center Through $14.5M NIGMS Grant

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Duke University has pocketed a five-year, $14.5 million grant from the National Institute for General Medical Sciences to establish a “national” systems biology center in the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, the school said today.
The new center will study “basic biology and human disease” through research that integrates biology, statistics, computer science, mathematics, physics, and engineering, according to a statement.
The IGSP will use the funding initially to embark on six projects “involving the study of regulatory networks controlling yeast and mammalian cell cycles, development in plant roots and embryos, and population variation in yeast and sea urchins,” according to a Duke statement.
The center will offer sabbaticals and fellowships to researchers and will involve undergraduate students who are working in a Duke research initiative underway with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The center will also add systems biology components to graduate education programs, teach several new undergraduate systems biology courses, and administer a certificate program designed for biology, mathematics, and computer science majors.

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