NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Washington University in St. Louis today announced that it has received a $25 million endowment from James and Elizabeth McDonnell for The Genome Institute at its medical school.

The gift will fund research in the genetic origins of diseases like autism and cancer as well as diagnosis and treatment for those diseases, the school said in a statement. Washington University will rename the institute The Elizabeth H. and James S. McDonnell III Genome Institute.

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