NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - A consortium of three research institutes and a university, all based in the San Diego region, has quietly broken ground on a $126 million research facility intended to advance collaborations — a project delayed more than a year by California's budget squeeze.

The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine says the new "collaboratory" will pursue joint projects by its members and collaboration partners to invent tools and technologies intended to advance research into stem cells, and to discover and develop diagnostics and therapies.

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