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Monday, February 14, 2000

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Yahoo! Finance Gemini Launches New Genetics Initiative In Newfoundland & Labrador
"Gemini Holdings plc, the clinical genomics company, today announced the signing of an agreement with Lineage Biomedical Inc., of St. John's, Newfoundland, to establish a joint venture for the purpose of identifying genes for common diseases using the unique population resources of Newfoundland. The joint venture, Newfound Genomics, will establish a genetics based research facility in Newfoundland and Labrador with the aim to identify disease-causing genes."

"The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador has a population of around 550,000 people, primarily descended from a small 'founder' population of English, Scottish and Irish immigrants that populated the islands between the 1600s and the 1840s. The unique population history of Newfoundland and Labrador and the increased prevalence of certain diseases, such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, represent a powerful resource for geneticists to identify genes that predispose to these diseases."

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Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.


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