By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said today that it plans to invest $294 million in building a research center in Pittsburgh that will focus on personalized medicine and the biology of cancer and aging.

The 350,000-square-foot Center for Innovative Science will be located at the site of the former Ford Motor Co. Building on Centre Ave., which UPMC bought in 2007, and will support 375 new scientific and administrative jobs.

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