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UK s BBSRC Awards $48M for Three Integrative Systems Biology Centers

NEW YORK, April 24 (GenomeWeb News) - The UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council last week awarded £27 million ($48 million) to create three new centers for integrative systems biology.


The new centers will be located at the Universities of Edinburgh, Nottingham, and Oxford and will bring together biologists, mathematicians, and computer scientists, BBSRC said


The funding includes £4.8 million ($8.6 million) from the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.


The new centers will focus on dynamic biological systems, such as biological clocks, the nature and behavior of plant roots, and signaling pathways in bacteria and yeasts, BBSRC said.


The centers join three others that the BBSRC created last year at ImperialCollege, Manchester, and Newcastle.

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