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Blue Heron Wins $770K Phase II SBIR Grant for Large DNA Fragment Assembly Method

NEW YORK, March 14 (GenomeWeb News) - Blue Heron Biotechnology has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant to help it develop methods for assembling very large recombinant DNA molecules, Blue Heron said yesterday.


The $769,250 grant was awarded by the National Institute of General Medical Science and the National Human Genome Research Institute, and follows a Phase I SBIR grant awarded in September 2004. That grant was awarded to help the company develop and demonstrate a restriction technology that allows the release of any cloned fragment, regardless of its length or the presence of conventional restriction sites.


Blue Heron, based in Bothell, Wash., said that if the Phase II research is successful, it will allow the company to extend its GeneMaker gene synthesis service to produce fragments of 100,000 base pairs or more.

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