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Southern India Plans New Genomics Research Center

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Hyderabad in the Southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh will be home to a new genomics center on 75 acres of land, according to a report posted Friday on the Indian news website Andhra Café.  
 
The institute received the land at no cost from the state government and is to be funded with 3 billion rupees ($75 million). It is expected to study early disease diagnosis, gene therapy, and stem-cell treatments, according to the report.
 
It was not immediately clear when the center will be completed.

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