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July-August News Briefs

African Genome Project
The Wellcome Trust and the National Institutes of Health have launched The Human Heredity and Health in Africa Project (H3 Africa), a $38 million partnership to study how genes and the environment, including diet, work together to affect cancer, heart disease, and other diseases. H3 Africa will receive at least $12 million from the Wellcome Trust and $5 million a year from the NIH, along with administrative and scientific support, over the next five years. The NIH has provided $750 000 to kick-start the project.

Max Planck Florida
The Max Planck Florida Institute has broken ground on a 100,000 square foot biomedical research facility in Jupiter, Florida on the John D. MacArthur Campus of Florida Atlantic University. The new institute will focus on cutting-edge research in the neurosciences and integrative biology.

Roche, IBM Talk 3rd Gen
Roche, the manufacturer of the first next-generation sequencing technology to reach the market, originally commercialized by 454 Life Sciences, has backed a promising third-generation sequencing technology under development by IBM. The two firms will jointly develop a nanopore-based sequencing system that IBM has been developing in house.

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