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State, Maine Lab To Announce $1.1 Billion Project At UConn Health Center

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By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel Malloy and a Bar Harbor, Maine-based research laboratory plan to announce that a new $1.1 billion research laboratory will be built at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington.

Colleen Flanagan, a spokeswoman for the governor, confirmed Thursday that executives from The Jackson Laboratory and state officials will announce the collaboration on Friday.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical institute. Besides their facility in Maine, where 1,212 people are employed, Jackson has a facility in Sacramento, California. It employs 125 people.

Flanagan confirmed the lab at the UConn Health Center will create 661 research-related jobs and 842 construction jobs.

The Jackson Laboratory breeds and distributes more than 6,000 strains of genetically defined mice, which are used by 19,000 other labs in 50 countries.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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