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Jackson Lab Wins $10M NIH Grant to Form Center for Precision Genetics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Jackson Laboratory announced yesterday that it has received a roughly $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish the Center for Precision Genetics, which will act as the hub of a multi-institute network of investigators working to develop precision models of disease.

The funding, which will be provided over five years, will enable the center to "generate new disease-modeling processes and pipelines, data resources, research results, and models that will be swiftly shared through [the Jackson Lab's] proven dissemination pipelines to accelerate translation to medical benefit," Jackson Lab President and CEO Edison Liu said in a statement.

The center will include geneticists, molecular and computational biologists, and clinicians from Emory University; Cedars Sinai Medical Center; the University of California, San Diego; Columbia University Medical Center; Nationwide Children's Hospital; the University of Massachusetts Medical School; and the University of California, San Francisco.

The first year's funding of nearly $2 million will be used to launch six projects focused on improving the precision of disease models and the efficiency of preclinical pipelines, the Jackson Lab said.