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Cobb-Vantress, Hendrix Genetics Expand Deal to Improve Food-animal Production

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) –Animal breeding firms Cobb-Vantress and Hendrix Genetics today announced an expansion of a joint development program to improve breeding programs and increase world food production.

The two companies will intensify their efforts to develop new tools and further research into animal genomics as part of the expansion, which builds on an agreement between them reached in 2008. The collaboration is expected to result in animals that are more productive, less susceptible to disease. The animals will also be cheaper to produce, "therefore helping to tackle global food shortages," the two firms said.

"Bringing together the resources and expertise of Hendrix Genetics and Cobb allows us to accelerate the rate of research and to meet the challenges of food production," said Antoon van den Berg, CEO of Hendrix Genetics, based in Boxmeer, the Netherland. "In genomics, scale is important, and the basics of breeding and genomics apply in most animal sectors."

Financial and other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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