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Affy Partners with Imperial College London, MRC to Genotype Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Cancer

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (GenomeWeb News) - Affymetrix said today that researchers at Imperial College London and the UK's Medical Research Council will use the company's GeneChip technology to study the genetic variations associated with cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.


The researchers will use Affy arrays to perform genotyping and gene-expression experiments. Affymetrix did not disclose which of its GeneChips the UK researchers will use.


Affymetrix said that the collaboration is part of its translational medicine program, an initiative designed to "accelerate clinical research and improve patient care by helping to bring more effective personalized tests and therapies to market faster."


Financial terms of the agreement were not provided.

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