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Science  08 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5438, pp. 218-219
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5438.218

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Kansas City, Missouri, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, aren't exactly hotbeds of biomedical research. But both have wealthy native sons--mutual fund billionaire Jim Stowers in Kansas City and Amway co-founder Jay Van Andel in Grand Rapids--who have decided to share their fortunes with their hometowns by building multimillion-dollar medical research institutes. Their budding research centers have healthy endowments, prestigious scientific advisers, and the promise of more money to come.