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Human genetics center opens in Greenwood

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Self Regional Hall, a new 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the art facility that will house the Clemson University Center for Human Genetics. (Photo/Courtesy of Greenwood Genetic Center)

The Clemson Center for Human Genetics is open on the campus of Greenwood Genetic Center in Greenwood.

The new 17,000-square-foot facility, known as Self Regional Hall, will allow Clemson University’s genetics program researchers and students to work closely with research teams at GGC, according to a news release. The center will initially focus on discovering and developing early diagnostic tools and therapies for autism, cognitive developmental disorders, oncology and lysosomal disorders.

“Opening Self Regional Hall means that we will be able to do even more to help children with genetic disorders, and their families, and to educate graduate students who will go out into the world and make their own impact,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements during the opening of the facility on Feb. 15. “As the parent of a child with special needs the kind of research that you are doing here is especially meaningful and important to me and my family.”

The building will house eight laboratories and several classrooms, conference rooms and offices for graduate students and faculty. Mark Leising, interim dean of the College of Science at Clemson, said the facility “provides the resources our scientists need to understand the genetic underpinnings of disorders.”

“This facility, and its proximity to the Greenwood Genetic Center, elevates our ability to attract the brightest scientific talent to South Carolina and enhances our efforts to tackle genetic disorders,” Leising said, in the release.

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