Wash U to rename genomic center after $10M gift

The Harry Edison Foundation (St. Louis, Mo.) donated $10 million to the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for the advancement of personalized medicine research.

The gift, provided by the Edison family, will be used to fund research on the gut microbiome led by Jeffrey Gordon, MD.

"Our center is founded on the concept of educating a new generation of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who have hands-on access to high-end technology" Dr. Gordon said. “Washington University is creating a new type of biological scientist — one that combines expertise in experimental biology, including the use of the very latest high-end instrumentation, and in the analysis of very large data sets. Combining these tools and expertise is necessary to make advances in personalized medicine.”

After receiving the gift, Washington University renamed the center the Edison Family Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology.

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