- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The head of Columbia Sportswear has announced he will give $10 million to the University of Oregon’s zebrafish facility to help expand genomics research.

The Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/1Rebojm ) the donation announced Friday by Tim Boyle will go toward helping the center create an endowment, expand its facilities and purchase new equipment.

Zebrafish are vertebrates that are transparent during the embryo stage, making them easier to observe and manipulate. The school’s website says their embryonic development is “remarkably similar” to humans.

Boyle’s connection to the facility dates back to the 1970s when his aunt, Hildegard Lamfrom, worked alongside Professor George Streisinger and his team as they used the zebrafish to better understand human development.

The $10 million gift is the university’s largest since President Michael Schill took over in July.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com


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