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Health & wellness

AIDS center’s new labs debut

US cuts may slow hunt for a vaccine

A leading AIDS research center unveiled its new $30 million laboratory building in Cambridge Monday, where it aims to push ahead with efforts to develop an HIV vaccine and to study tuberculosis, which has affected hundreds of thousands of HIV patients in African­ and other developing countries.

The opening of the Ragon Institute’s new home comes at a difficult moment for AIDS and other biomedical scientists, as they brace for possible cuts in their federal research grants driven by seques­tration of the federal budget and shows the growing importance of private support.

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