Comcast founders give $25M to Children’s Hospital research

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia says the founding family of Comcast has given $25 million toward a new $50 million initiative designed to put the hospital at the forefront of pediatric genetics research and development.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the hospital made the announcement Friday.

The Roberts Collaborative for Genetics and Individualized Medicine will accelerate research being conducted into fields including inherited disorders, mitochondrial disease, cancer and autism. The collaboration will allow the hospital to expand genomic testing to search a patient’s DNA code for variations that affect health or response to therapies.

The collaboration is also creating a genomic data repository, a support and counseling center and a program to train medical students and residents in personalized pediatric care.

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