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Jackson Lab To Work With Hospitals On Cancer Treatments

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Jackson Laboratories rendering (Courtesy Office of the Governor)

Jackson Laboratories rendering (Courtesy Office of the Governor)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Jackson Laboratory is partnering with cancer specialists at two Connecticut hospitals to study new approaches to cancer treatment for children and adults.

The collaboration between the Maine-based research lab, Hartford Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, was announced Tuesday.

Jackson scientists and doctors from the hospitals plan to use specialized mice as stand-ins for human cancer patients in their research. They are studying cancers with a high relapse risk.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the partnership will advance cancer treatment and position Connecticut as a leader in genomic medicine.

Jackson is receiving nearly $300 million in forgivable loans and research grants from the state to help build a $1.1 billion genomic research facility on the grounds of the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington.

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