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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.

Though HHMI's endowment declined, due largely to a drop in the value of its investments, the institute increased its number of scientists. It also is pushing foward with its plans to expand the Janelia Farm Research Campus.

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The partially reinstated US travel ban leaves space for uncertainty for researchers, Nature News says.

Researchers find a number of traits differ by sex and could affect mouse model studies, according to Reuters.

Tweaking the skin microbiome could help address some skin conditions, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: DNA methylation profiles of tumor tissue, gene dynamics in prokaryotes, and more.