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Jackson Lab Matches $1M 'Challenge' Gift

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The Jackson Laboratory announced today it has matched with $1 million in donations a $1 million "challenge" gift given by a trustee last year.

Weslie Janeway, a geneticist and author from Cambridge, UK, and New York, gave $1 million to Jackson Lab in March 2009, subject to the institution raising at least an equivalent amount in gifts. The combined funding is intended to help the laboratory recruit and support new scientists.

"I had expected this campaign to take two years," Janeway said in a statement.

According to the laboratory, 20 percent of the 414 matching gifts it received were from first-time donors.

Jackson Lab said that funds from the challenge gift and matching gifts will pay for faculty starting salaries, lab equipment, and experiments. Under its five-year strategic plan, the Bar Harbor, Maine, research institute has committed itself to adding seven new principal investigators, each of whom will lead a team of research assistants and other support staffers. Jackson Lab has said it expects to add about 200 new jobs.

The seven PIs do not include two specialists in the genetics of neurological development and diseases, Elissa Chesler and Da-Ting Lin, who were recently hired by the Jackson Lab

"The Laboratory is currently recruiting researchers in cancer, neurobiology, bioinformatics, immunology, aging, and other areas," Jackson Lab said in the statement.

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