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U of A to make medical isotopes on campus

School received $11-million from feds

The University of Alberta will build a new cyclotron (a particle accelerator) on campus so that it can supply Canada with the type of medical isotopes that the Chalk River facility near Ottawa will be unable to supply after it closes down forever in 2016. The isotopes, which are needed to diagnose heart disease and cancer, were in dangerously short supply after the aging reactor was temporarily shut down in 2009. The federal government is funding the $11-million project at U of A, writes The Edmonton Journal. In January the federal government announced that the Université de Sherbrooke would receive $11-million for its medical isotype-producing project.

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