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The Broad Institute has received a $32.5 million grant from the Klarman Family Foundation to open the Klarman Cell Observatory, a project focused on "deciphering how human cells are wired," an institute press release says. The Broad's Eric Lander says the project will create "a complete catalog of cell circuitry." This could help researchers understand how cells make "biological decisions" in their healthy and diseased states, the Broad adds, and may also help in the creation of new treatments and therapies.

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