How Does a "Transformative" Gift for Research Happen? Not Overnight

The recent $50 million gift to establish Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory’s new research center is being called a “transformative” sum that will allow expanded work in quantitative biology. But it didn't happen overnight. The gift is the culmination of years of work the lab has done in the field, as well as ongoing funding from Jim and Marilyn Simons. 

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Where Burroughs Wellcome Fund is Sending $21M in Awards

The biological products of snakes may hold potential for diabetics. A better understanding of how the placebo effect manifests would make drug development trials far less expensive. These are just two of the topics that earned 48 researchers the latest competitive grants from Burroughs Wellcome Fund. 

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These Two Funders Want to See Your Genome in the Spotlight

An unlikely pair of large foundations—one in media innovation, another in health care—threw some serious weight behind a project to advance health care and biology research with a public storage bank of individuals’ genomic, health and personal data. 

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HELP WANTED: HHMI Now Hiring 25 Brilliant Biomedical Researchers

Howard Hughes Medical Institute is asking the brightest minds in biomedical research to apply for a job. Researchers interested in the coveted HHMI Investigator openings should polish up their resumes and start calling references now—competition for a chunk of $150 million in funding is tough as nails, and that deadline will sneak right up on you.

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$540M for Cancer Research: Where it Came From and Where it’s Going

The latest $540 million gift from one billionaire’s estate has brought the trust’s total philanthropy for cancer research to $2.5 billion. One of the largest single contributions to fighting the disease, funds will yield unrestricted, ongoing support for six of the nation’s top research universities—each with its own focus for preventing and treating cancer—at a time when many are struggling to maintain their funding.

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