NEW YORK, Dec. 3—Agilent Laboratories today announced a $6.1 million research collaboration with the University of Colorado and the federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop a simpler technique for nucleic acid synthesis.

Under the agreement, Agilent’s Doug Dellinger will collaborate with Colorado’s Marvin Caruthers to develop a two-step method for DNA synthesis. Agilent and DARPA will jointly fund the research under a three-year, milestone-based contract.

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