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EU Awards Consortium $3.6M to Study Genetic Basis of Breast, Prostate Cancer

NEW YORK, Dec. 19 (GenomeWeb News) - The European Union has awarded Polygene, a research consortium led by Iceland Genomics, a 3 million ($3.6 million) grant to study the inherited risk of breast and prostate cancer, the company said today.


The consortium will study 6,000 patients and controls to discover new genetic causes of breast and prostate cancer, making it one of the largest cancer genetics studies performed to date.


The consortium includes Iceland Genomics, Bioinformatics ApS of Denmark, the Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford, UK, and the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center of the Netherlands.


The results of the project are expected by the end of 2008.

The Scan

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Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

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