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Sweden pours cash into ailing life sciences

Sweden’s government has announced plans to pour money into a national institute for research in molecular biosciences and bioinformatics.

The Sweden Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab), due to be launched in 2013, will employ about 1,000 Swedish and international scientists, said Jan Björklund, the country’s minister for education and research, on 3 April. The institute will study the causes of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists will also work to develop treatment methods and new pharmaceuticals.

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