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BGI, UC Davis Ink Genomics Partnership

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – BGI and the University of California, Davis, have agreed to partner to share resources and conduct large-scale genome sequencing and functional genomics programs in an broad array of research areas, the university said today.

The partnership, the details of which will be worked out in the months ahead, will provide UC Davis' faculty and students access to BGI's DNA sequencing tools and bioinformatics specialists and will provide BGI researchers access to the university's education and research resources in human and veterinary medicine, agriculture, biology, agriculture and the environment.

"This partnership will bring together the unique strengths of two world-class institutions," UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi said in a statement. "BGI's resources in genome sequencing and bioinformatics, combined with UC Davis' expertise in biology, medicine, agriculture, and the environment, will bring advantages to both partners as we take on crucial issues in food, health and sustainability."

"This new partnership will make possible entirely new insights into genome evolution, microbial ecology, plant biology, host-pathogen interactions and human diseases," added Harris Lewin, vice chancellor for research at UC Davis.

Katehi and BGI Director Jian Wang signed the formal agreement at a meeting in Shenzhen.

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