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University of Buffalo Bioinformatics Center to Pocket $2.4M in Federal Aid

NEW YORK, July 10 - The University at Buffalo Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics will pocket $2.4 million in federal aid next year, and school officials are said to be seeking $12 million more for the project, according to a news report.

The US House of Representatives and Senate have recently approved defense spending bills that include $2.4 million for the project, which will be used to hire researchers and pay for their equipment, The Buffalo News reported on its web site today.

However, the university is seeking a total of $14.4 million for the bioinformatics center in this year's federal spending bills, said Provost Elizabeth Capaldi. The funds would complete the initial $25 million request in federal bioinformatics funding when added to the $10.6 million the school received over the past two years, according to the paper.


"These federal dollars are essential to the success of this enterprise," Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) was reported to have said in the paper. She worked with with Sen. Charles Schumer, also a Democrat, and Rep. Thomas Reynolds, a Republican from Clarence, NY.

"We have a wonderful facility now, and we really need the scientists," the paper quoted Capaldi as saying. "This (federal money) is for start-up packages to recruit scientists."

The federal funding is a "small piece" of the bioinformatics center's support, which currently totals around $250 million from federal, state, and private sources, the paper said.


Read the full story here.

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