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From Capital of the Rebel Yell to Home to a New Genome Sequencing Center

A district that once situated tobacco warehouses in the last capital of the Confederacy may be home to a new genome sequencing center. According to The News & Advance of Lynchburg, Va., the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative is partnering with the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced Health to create the center in the Danville Tobacco Warehouse District. The broadband cooperative will own the center.

The newspaper reports that the Virginia Tobacco Commission has approved $1 million to buy equipment for the center, although the website for the commission says it approved $2.5 million.

The News & Advance reports that in its application for the grant from the commission, MBC says "genomic sequencing can show the nature of a disease such as cancer at the molecular level," and that the technology "provides a gateway to truly personalized medicine.

The man behind the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced Health, Patrick Soon-Shiong, is also the Founding Chairman and CEO of NantWorks and NantHealth, which on Tuesday announced a deal with Blue Shield of California and others to create a personalized medicine center.

It is unclear whether the Danville sequencing center is part of that effort.

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