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NIGMS Awards Jackson Lab $15.1M to Create Systems Biology Center

NEW YORK, March 31 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Institute of General Medical Sciences said yesterday that it has awarded a team at the Jackson Laboratory $15.1 million under its National Centers for Systems Biology program.


The five-year award follows a $16.3 million grant that NIGMS awarded to the Institute for Systems Biology under the same program earlier this month.


NIGMS said has funded five other systems biology centers over the last four years at CaseWestern ReserveUniversity, HarvardUniversity, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PrincetonUniversity, and the University of Washington.


The Jackson Lab will use the funding to create a Genome Dynamics center, which will study how patterns of genetic variation emerge and persist over time. The center will collect genetic information from more than 200 inbred strains of mice and will study expression patterns to identify co-expressed genes, examine how these patterns evolved, and investigate how the overall genome organization affects phenotype, NIGMS said


Gary Churchill, senior staff scientist at the Jackson Lab, is the principal investigator on the grant.

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