This article has been updated from a previous version, which incorrectly stated that Sequenom would perform the DNA testing. Bovigen will perform the testing using Sequenom's MassArray system.
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Bovigen, a cattle genetics specialty company, today said that it has been approved under the US Department of Agriculture's Process Verified Program and that it will use Sequenom's MassArray to test cattle DNA.
The USDA PVP designation will allow Bovigen to make marketing claims about lineage, disease resistance, and feed efficiency.
“DNA technology will increasingly impact every facet of the beef business,” Bovigen CEO Victor Castellon said. He added that the approval verifies the company’s ability to provide sample identification and genetic analysis services.
Bovigen is based in Harahan, La.
Sequenom CEO Harry Stylii said the company sees the business of genetic testing of livestock as a “significant growth opportunity that is in part being driven by government mandate.”
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.