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Alltech, Kentucky to Build Animal Nutrigenomics Center; Will Use Arrays, Bioinformatics Tools

NEW YORK, April 13 (GenomeWeb News) - Alltech and the Kentucky state government will invest $12 million to build a Center for Animal Nutrigenomics and Applied Animal Nutrition in the state, according to an Alltech spokesperson.

 

Research at the center, which will be based in Nicholasville, will use microarrays and bioinformatics technologies to examine the effects Alltech's feed supplements on animal health and productivity at the genetic level.

 

The company has not yet decided which platforms it will install in the center, an Alltech spokesperson told GenomeWeb News. "We expect to expand our scientific staff by 40 scientists, which will give us a total of 80 to 90" scientists at Alltech's headquarters in Nicholasville, the spokesperson said.

 

The new facility will augment the core of the company's worldwide research operations, the spokesperson added.

 

As part of the agreement, the state government will provide a $1 million grant for the new center through the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority, Gov. Ernie Fletcher said yesterday, according to an article today in the Lexington Herald. Alltech's investment will total $11 million.

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