More than any other time in this big city’s big history, world-class scientists are flocking to our labs en masse with the hope of cracking medical mysteries.
Yesterday, Ontario researchers announced they will take a lead role with the International Cancer Genome Consortium, one of the largest global research efforts since the Human Genome Project.
Premier Dalton McGuinty also announced yesterday Ontario will contribute an additional $10 million to the project.
“There are, I think, somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 researchers in the biomedical field here,” said Dr. John McPherson, director of the cancer genome program at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) and himself a new recruit. “There are 5,000 labs within a 20-minute walk of OICR.”