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The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution and National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center with 1,344 employees in Bar Harbor, Maine and Sacramento, Calif. A new facility in Farmington, Conn. will focus on the study of genomic medicine, linking human genetics and the practice of medicine.

Its mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human disease, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.

Researchers investigate the genetic basis of cancers, heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, glaucoma, diabetes and many other human diseases and disorders, as well as normal development, reproduction and aging.

The Laboratory is also the world's source for more than 6,000 strains of genetically defined mice, is home of the mouse genome database and is an international hub for scientific courses, conferences, training and education.