New York's Hospital for Special Surgery is planning five years of sequencing-based research, starting with functional genomics and then moving later to whole-genome sequencing at its new Genomics Center.

The hospital announced the creation of the new center, funded with $5.6 million from The Tow Foundation, last month to study rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus, with the aim of developing more effective therapies.

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