endowment

The institute is being funded with a gift from the family of recently deceased Costco Cofounder Jeff Brotman, and will be directed by UW's Jay Shendure.

The grant is uniquely structured and is expected to eventually result in an unrestricted endowment named the Pershing Square Innovation Fund.

The gift will establish The Elizabeth H. and James S. McDonnell III Genome Institute. 

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Clemson University will use $4 million in private and state funding to create a new chair in genetics research at its Center for Human Genetics, and it will select a "leading geneticist" to hold the chair, Clemson said on Tuesday.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Pittburgh today said that it has received two $1 million gifts from The Pittsburgh Foundation to endow chairs for cancer research and personalized medicine.

The Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research focuses on using genetic technologies to understand schizophrenia, bipolar disease, and other mental illnesses.

The $6 million endowment from Irwin Jacobs, chairman of the Board of Trustees at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and his wife Joan Klein Jacobs, will establish the Renato Dulbecco Chair in Genomics and the Roger Guillemin Chair in Neuroscience.

The value of HHMI's endowment fund rose to $14.8 billion from nearly $14 billion in the previous fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2009, as financial markets rebounded with the economy.

The university will use the funds to create a new chair to focus on bioinformatics, population genomics, and chronic disease genomics research.

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The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a series of meetings on human fetal tissue research, Stat News reports.

In Cell this week: epigenetic change linked to glioblastomas, rare and low-frequency variants contributing to multiple sclerosis risk, and more.