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Duke Opens $41 Million Center for Human Genetics

NEW YORK, April 22 - Duke University officially opened its $41 million Center for Human Genetics yesterday, the university's newspaper reported.


The center is located in a 120,000 square-foot Genome Sciences Research Building 1, the university said.


It is the first completed node of the university's new $270 million, five-center Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, and will focus on applying genetics and genomics to study of numerous diseases.


To shed light on the genetic origin of diseases including Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological disorders, the center will use molecular analyses and statistical genetics. It will apply genomics to other more common multigenic-influenced diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, glaucoma, osteoarthritis, mental illness, and cancers.


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