By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Jackson Laboratory has decided to pull the plug on its plan to expand into Florida, citing a lack of available funding from the state.

In an announcement made today, the Bar Harbor, Maine-based biomedical research institution said its decision was based on Florida's "severely constrained state budget," which precluded Jackson Lab from getting the $100 million in state funding that it was seeking in order to create a facility in Sarasota County.

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