NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory said today it has received a $50 million donation from the Jim and Marilyn Simons Foundation to establish a new research center focused on using quantitative biology to interpret genomic research data from a variety of diseases and disorders.

The Simons Center for Quantitative Biology will incorporate applied mathematics, computer science, theoretical physics, and engineering into basic research and studies of illnesses such as cancer, autism, bipolar disorder, and depression.

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