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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Irish DNA tracing firm IdentiGen said today that the Irish government's Department of Business, Enterprise, and Innovation has awarded it a €1.8 million ($2 million) research and development grant.

The Dublin-based firm will use the funding to further develop genomic technologies to assess the origin, quality, and safety of food. It plans to partner with University College Dublin's Animal Genomics Laboratory to lower the cost of the DNA analysis and make the technology widely available.

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