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Australian Government Awards DNAPrint $40,000 Grant for Eye-Color Inferring Kits

NEW YORK, Feb. 10 (GenomeWeb News) - The Australian government has awarded DNAPrint Genomics $40,000 as part of a broader grant to support the development of the company's genetic eye-color determination technology and its potential adoption by the police science center, the company said today.


Specifically, DNAPrint will use the money to produce its Retinome tests, which the university and the police science center will validate, according to a company spokesperson. The kit allows investigators to infer the eye color of the person from whom a DNA sample was obtained, he said.


Undisclosed portions of the grant, called the Australian International Science Linkages grant, went to VictoriaUniversityin Melbourneand the VictoriaPoliceForensicScienceServicesCenter.

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