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The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard is an American research institute dedicated to the study of genomics for the biomedical sciences.
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The Broad Institute evolved from a decade of research collaborations among young scientists affiliated with MIT and Harvard.
One cornerstone was the Whitehead Institute at MIT. Founded in 1982, the Whitehead became a major center for genomics and the Human Genome Project. As early as 1995, scientists at the Whitehead started pilot projects in genomic medicine, forming an unofficial collaborative network among young scientists interested in genomic approaches to cancer and human genetics.
Another cornerstone was the Institute of Chemistry and Cell Biology established by Harvard Medical School in 1998 to pursue chemical genetics as an academic discipline. Its screening facility was one of the first high-throughput resources opened in an academic setting. It facilitated small molecule screening projects for more than 80 research groups worldwide.
To create a new organization that was open, collaborative, cross-disciplinary and able to organize projects at any scale, planning took place in 2002-2003 among philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, MIT, the Whitehead Institute, Harvard and the Harvard hospitals (the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital Boston, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Massachusetts General Hospital).
The Broads made a founding gift of $100 million and the Broad Institute was formally launched in May 2004. In November 2005, the Broads announced an additional $100 million gift to the Institute. 
Note: "Broad" rhymes with "toad", not "thawed"; staffers are often seen wearing tee shirts bearing the quip, "Broad as in code."
The Broad Institute's scientific research programs include the:
The faculty and staff of the Broad Institute include physicians, geneticists, and molecular, chemical, and computational biologists. The Faculty currently includes six Core Members, whose labs are primarily located within the Broad Institute, and 108 Associate Members, whose primary labs are located at one of the universities or hospitals.
The Core Members of the Broad Institute currently are:
The Broad Institute's facilities at 320 Charles Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, house one of the largest genome sequencing centers in the world. As WICGR, this facility was the largest contributor of sequence information to the Human Genome Project.
In February 2006, much of The Broad Institute relocated to a new building at 7 Cambridge Center, adjacent to the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. This seven-story 231,000 square foot building contains office, research laboratory, retail and museum space.
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