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NIEHS Funds New Centers

Why are some people more susceptible to environmental contaminants? Why do some get bronchitis or cancer -- and others don't? These are among the questions that will be explored by new centers that the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences announced it will fund in southern California and Texas.

Both centers will bring together scientists from several institutions in their states to provide multidisciplinary approaches to environmental health science questions.

Technician uses a gene sequencing machine at the Environmental Health Sciences Center at the University of Southern California.

The University of Southern California will be the headquarters for a center that will bring together more than 40 scientists from USC, University of California-Los Angeles and the California Institute of Technology, all located in Los Angeles. The center will be funded by a $5 million, 5-year NIEHS grant.

The M.D. Anderson Science Park-Research Division in Smithville, southeast of Austin, will be headquarters for the new Texas Center, which will link scientists from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and the University of Texas at Austin. It is funded by a $4.2 million, 5-year grant.

The two new centers bring the national network of university-based NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences Centers to 17. The institute also supports five marine and freshwater biomedical sciences centers, and three developmental centers.

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