Gifts to create major genetics test lab at UI

March 1, 2006

Iowa City, IA—The University of Iowa's (UI) Center for Macular Degeneration (CMD) will be able to advance its mission with the creation of a large-scale nonprofit genetics testing laboratory, made possible by two gifts totaling $6.2 million.

Iowa City, IA-The University of Iowa's (UI) Center for Macular Degeneration (CMD) will be able to advance its mission with the creation of a large-scale nonprofit genetics testing laboratory, made possible by two gifts totaling $6.2 million.

The lab will be named the John and Marcia Carver Nonprofit Genetic Testing Laboratory in recognition of a $5 million gift from John Carver's mother, Lucille A. Carver of Muscatine, IA.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a longtime major supporter of UI eye research, pledged an additional $1.2 million to support the work of the new laboratory.