Passing the Hat

A week after Hurricane Sandy destroyed part of New York University's medical research laboratories, including 40 strains of mice crucial for neuroscience research, the crowdfunding site Microryza has kicked off an effort to support recovery efforts at the university.

Microryza says it's waiving its standard processing fee so that all funds collected go directly to NYU.

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