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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – NantHealth, the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine (CSSIOMM), and other members of the Pediatric Cancer MoonShot 2020 consortium have launched the Pediatric Brain Tumor Atlas project, a new pediatric sequencing discovery project focused on studying childhood brain tumors.

The CSSIOMM is providing $20 million in funding for the study, which is expected to take six months to complete.

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