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OSU s Center for Gene Research Changes Name, Curriculum

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (GenomeWeb News) - Oregon State University's Center for Gene Research and Biotechnology will redirect its priorities and curriculum, and change its name to the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing.

 

The 22-year-old center said that the increasing reliance on information-based science in biology represents "a major forefront in biological research" and that new courses will be added to its molecular and cellular biology programs to reflect that new direction.

 

The center is also hiring new faculty and adding existing OSU computer science resources to its offering, it said.

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