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Clinical Data, Maple Leaf to Co-Develop SNP-Based Pork Traceability Tests

NEW YORK, May 8 (GenomeWeb News) - Clinical Data said today that it has signed an agreement with Canada's Maple Leaf Foods to co-develop and co-market a SNP-based pork traceability system.


Maple Leaf's porcine traceability system is intended to genetically trace back any pork product to its farm of origin by means of a SNP-based test.


Clinical Data's Cogenics division, a pharmacogenomic services provider, will conduct the work.


The DNA traceability system operates through parentage analysis based on blood samples collected at each farm where traceability is to be established. Each parental animal will have its DNA fingerprint recorded in a searchable database so that pork products can be traced back to their farm of origin by DNA tracing.


Cogenics will develop the fingerprinting panel based on a set of proprietary markers spread throughout the porcine genome, Clinical Data said.


Financial terms of the agreement were not provided.

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