The Starr Foundation is is making a $50 million gift in support of the Tri-Institutional Stem Cell Initiative (Tri-SCI), which was established through a grant from the Foundation in 2005. The new gift is awarded to the original Tri-SCI members — Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University. The grant will support and enhance collaborative, pioneering stem cell research at the three adjacent Manhattan campuses. The laboratories are investigating the properties of embryonic stem cells, which have the potential to differentiate into any cell type in the body, and adult stem cells, which are found in various tissues and can give rise to specific cell types. These studies are opening new avenues for understanding a range of health conditions, including developmental disorders, neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.
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