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pounds 2.6m for university DNA research.

LIVERPOOL university has been given pounds 2.6m to fund DNA-based research.

The cash from the Medical Research Council and the Northwest Regional Development Agency will see the university increase its DNA machinery from four to six and increase staffing at its biosciences building in London Road.

The money will also help maintain machinery to analyse DNA makeup and genetic profiling ranging from humans to parasites.

The equipment can be used by bioscientists in a host of fields including cancer research, tropical disease control and infection control.

The funding will also see a North of England hub established.

Led by Liverpool university, and supported by the Clatterbridge Cancer Research Trust, it will consolidate the expertise of three other partner universities - Manchester, Sheffield and Lancaster in a bid to accelerate the study of genetics.

Professor Andrew Cossins, from the Liverpool School of Biological Sciences, said: "With these machines we can map out and generate data faster than before."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 14, 2009
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