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EMBL Opens New Systems Biology Center in Barcelona

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The European Molecular Biology Laboratory today opened a new systems biology center in Barcelona, Spain.
 
EMBL, the Center for Genomic Regulation, and the Spanish Ministry for Education and Science opened the center, called the EMBL/CRG Research Unit in Systems Biology, on the campus of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park today.
 
The Spanish Ministry for Education and Science will provide €12.7 million ($16.2 million) in funding for the center over the next nine years.
 
Luis Serrano, who currently coordinates the EMBL Structural and Computational Biology Unit in Heidelberg, Germany, will head the new center.
 
The EMBL/CRG Research Unit will house five multidisciplinary groups that will work with a variety of research techniques, including RNA interference, biochemical networks,
 
"Merging EMBL's expertise in computational biology with the CRG's know-how in specific areas of genomics and proteomics will allow us to tackle some of the most challenging questions of systems biology", said Iain Mattaj, director general of EMBL, in a statement.

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