NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Institute for Cancer Research, London plans to launch a new center that will conduct genomic profiling of patients' cancer tumors, and it wants to raise £3.2 million ($5.1 million) to fund the venture.

ICR said yesterday that the money it raises for the new Tumour Profiling Unit will be used to attract scientific expertise to the center and to buy new equipment and to outfit its labs.

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