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NCI Renews 'Comprehensive' Status for UCSD's Moores Center, Grants $21M

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The National Cancer Institute has renewed the Moores Cancer Center’s status as a Comprehensive Cancer Center and has funded it with $21 million over five years, the University of California at San Diego said this week.
 
UCSD said it will use the grant to fund research costs and operational expenses for its 10 core facilities, which include labs and hardware for DNA sequencing, microarraying, bioinformatics, clinical trials, and other genomics, imaging, and cancer-related development endeavors.
 
The center, one of 40 nationwide designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center, has a staff of 330 researchers and clinicians. It moved into a 270,000-square-foot building in 2005.

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