NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Children's Mercy Kansas City has obtained $150 million from two family foundations to start construction of a new building for the Children's Research Institute and to accelerate the recruitment of researchers.

The Hall Family Foundation and the Sunderland Foundation each donated $75 million to the children's hospital, money that will be used in part to expand its Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine and to build a state-of-the-art genome center.

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