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Hampton University Lands $425K Keck Grant for Genomics, Bioinformatics Programs

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Hampton University will use a $425,000 grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to involve undergraduates in bioinformatics and genomics research, the university said last week.
 
The funding for the program, called "HU DNA-Microarray Wet and Dry Labs," is designed to help students "blend biology with computer science and mathematics," according to a statement.
 
The grant will fund faculty and course development and help create a DNA-microarray wet-lab and a bioinformatics dry-lab, according to the university.
 
"Our goal is for students to come to the conceptual realization that biology is an informational, quantitative science and lends itself to interrogation by the new tools of bioinformatics and computational biology,” said Hampton professor Edison Fowlks.

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