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BioTrove to Help Irish Groups Study Genetic Fingerprinting of Atlantic Salmon

NEW YORK, Dec. 7 (GenomeWeb News) - The Irish Marine Institute, the National University of Ireland Cork, and BioTrove plan to identify individual Atlantic salmon stocks using a high-throughput system, the partners said today.


Genetic analysis of large fish populations is "constrained" by the inability to accurately process large sample numbers, Peter Heffernan, the Marine Institute CEO, said in a statement.


The pilot project will assess the feasibility of using candidate SNPs to identify and track individual salmon stocks at sea. The project will compare SNP screening technology with microsatellites in Atlantic salmon populations using data from the Marine Institute's previous River Moy genetic study.


US-based BioTrove's OpenArray platform will be used for high throughput, PCR-based SNP analysis against salmon samples.

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