By EMILY FORD, Salisbury Post

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — A California-based institute dedicated to helping people with diseases related to their immune system has joined the

The has partnered with the David H. Murdock Research Institute at the Research Campus to establish the Center for Critical Path Research in Immunology in Kannapolis. (Murdock, the owner of Dole Food, is the founder of the NCRC.)

The news of the partnership came on the same day that for an operation at the NCRC.

The center will focus on personalized medicine, or finding targeted treatments for millions of people with diseases related to the human immune system, including autoimmune diseases, allergy, asthma, cancer and cardiovascular and infectious diseases.

By joining forces in Kannapolis, the two institutes say they can accelerate the transition of basic scientific discoveries into medical practice. Leaders for the institutes say the new center will become a "major resource" for industry and academic partners.

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