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Dutch University Gets 4.6M Euro Boost for Genomics Research

GRONINGEN, The Netherlands, Jan 16 - The University of Groningen and the Academic Hospital in Groningen, in The Netherlands, will each invest 2.3 million euros, or roughly $2 million apiece, to help bolster the university's Genomics Centre, the university announced recently.

Both institutions want the center to be one of the main facilities in an upcoming national research program organized by the Nationaal Regieorgaan Genomics, according to the school. Known in English as the National Management Institute of Genomics, the government group will announce its choices on April 1.

The University of Groningen and the Academic Hospital, which announced their investments on Jan. 8, have conducted research together in clinical genomics and microbial genomics for a few years.

The Groningen Genomics Center, led by Lubbert Dijkhuizen, a professor at the university, employs more than 200 genomic scientists. Before the center was created these researchers were scattered in different departments, and the center allows different research efforts to be combined.

The 4.6-million-euro investment will go to support the center and will allow it to employ a greater number of researchers, it said.

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