NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Starr Foundation said last week that it has set aside $100 million to create a consortium of five international research institutions with the goal of advancing the fight against cancer.

The consortium — called the Starr Cancer Consortium — includes the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller University, and Weill Cornell Medical College.

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