NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The Van Andel Research Institute has formed a collaboration with the Translational Genomics Research Institute aimed at advancing both organizations' disease research goals.

Van Andel said today that its research institute will combine VARI's basic research knowledge with TGen's translational genomics and analysis capabilities to further studies of diseases such as cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes, and infectious diseases.

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