NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research has pumped C$52 million ($49.3 million) into several genomic and translational research programs aimed at developing new diagnostics and treatments for cancer, OICR said today.

The new investment will concentrate on supporting programs and research areas that the institute deems to be of high interest, including ones centering on cancer genomics and stem cells, drug discovery, informatics, and pathology.

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