NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies said today that it has signed an agreement to provide oligonucleotide libraries to the Greg Hannon lab at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for use in further developing small-hairpin RNA interference libraries.
Hannon, along with Stephen Elledge at Harvard Medical School, had previously developed shRNA libraries against all genes in the human and mouse genomes. According to Agilent, it has developed technology capable of synthesizing as many as 55,000 oligos per library, with each oligo up to 200 base pairs in length.
"This means that we can provide Dr. Hannon with high quality starting material in a massively parallel fashion and at a cost significantly lower than current oligonucleotide synthesis technology," Emily LeProust, a research and development chemistry manager for genomics at Agilent, said in a statement.
Specific terms of the agreement between Agilent and CSHL were not disclosed.