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Genomics Center on Long Island That s Not Cold Spring Harbor Primed to Expand

NEW YORK, May 17 - The Center for Genomics & Human Genetics of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Research Institute is set to receive funding from the government and from private endowments to expand its facilities and ramp up research in SNP genotyping, DNA sequencing, and proteomics, according to Institute officials.

The money, $500,000 of which will come from the NIH to bolster proteomics research specifically, will also help the Institute develop a gene and tissue library and build a gene-mapping program, according to Leslie Goodwin, director of molecular genetics at the Institute. It expects to learn in November if it has been approved for the NIH financing, which would arrive in Januray 2003, Goodwin said. 

 

Located near the North Shore-LIJ medical center in Manhasset, NY, the little-known center has been around for two years and employs between 15 and 20 staff, Goodwin said yesterday. The center performs DNA sequencing, primer walking, uses 1D and 2D gels, manufacturers its own oligos, and performs gene-expression and real-time PCR experiments. Goodwin spoke during a tour of the facility that followed an hour-long speech by Craig Venter on the future potential of genomic-based medicine.

 

The center is one of four distinct disciplines that belong to the Institute, said Nicholas Chiorazzi, its director and CEO. The other three are immunology, oncology, and neuroscience. About 20 percent of the research conducted in the five-story Institute are is done through collaborations with pharma and biotech companies, Chiorazzi said. The Institute hopes to construct a 50,000-square-foot addition to the Manhasset space.

 

"Ultimately, the [genomic center] will help the whole North Shore-LIJ health system," Bettie Steinberg, associate director for research at the Institute, said following the tour. "It will provide advanced knowledge, and generate information that will eventually lead to better diagnosis or better treatments."

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