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Max Planck Society and ASTAR to Open Onco Genome Laboratory in Singapore

NEW YORK, May 5 (GenomeWeb News) - Germany's Max Planck Society and Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology, and Research will open a joint laboratory in Singapore this summer, the institutions said today.

 

The Singapore Onco Genome Laboratory plans to create a gene database of cancer cell lines and tumor tissues, using high-throughput sequencing and a gene identification signature technology from the Genome Institute of Singapore. Singapore's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology will conduct functional studies of the genes.

 

The laboratory will be located on the new Biopolis campus and led by Axel Ullrich, a director at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany.

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