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Novartis Forms Institute For Functional Genomics

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LA JOLLA, Calif.--Novartis Research Foundation, a Swiss life sciences company, announced plans to build the Novartis Institute for Functional Genomics here and said it intends to make the facility one of the largest devoted entirely to functional genomics.

One of the institute's approximately 20 labs will be dedicated to bioinformatics, the company said. Other areas of functional genomics research will be addressed in different labs, including molecular epidemiology; molecular and structural biology; combinatorial chemistry; high-throughput screening; proteomics; model organisms, including transgenics; and differential expression. Work will focus on genetic pointers from both the public domain and external partners, as well as on unpublished genes discovered in-house at Novartis. Building is scheduled to be completed in 1999.

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