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Dr. Kary Mullis
In the 1960s, the Bruce Lyon Memorial Research Laboratory grew with the support of the Children’s Hospital Oakland from a few scientists to a staff of 280. Extramural funding is now $50 million per year. The focus of research at this institute is on curing children’s diseases. Research programs include a center for cancer, genetics, and nutrition and metabolism. The institute runs a sibling donor cord blood program, performs a variety of genetic tests, and operates a cell sorting facility. The Oakland Research Institute is known for its translational research, which is a type of research geared to determining how to apply findings from scientific research to treat and cure patients as quickly as possible.