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Donation Spurs a Cell Observatory—And Bigger Plans

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Science  03 Feb 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6068, pp. 514
DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6068.514

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The Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, received a $32.5 million gift last week to take on one of the biggest challenges in biology: mapping the molecular "circuitry" inside several kinds of mammalian cells. And Broad Director Eric Lander, a geneticist with a penchant for ambitious endeavors, is using the occasion to endorse a proposal floated by a few cell biologists for an even grander international effort—some call it the Human Circuits Project—that would chart the molecular and genetic connections in all human cell types.