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The University of Pennsylvania is set to open the Basser Research Center in July, a new kind of cancer research center set to focus on a very limited set of cancer-causing mutations, reports The New York Times' Denise Grady. The center — which will be led by Penn's Susan Domchek — is being set up with a $25 million donation from financier and real estate investor John Gray and his wife Mindy, both of whom are Penn alumni.

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