NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Canadian genomics and bioinformatics company DNA LandMarks will provide support services for a US Department of Agriculture-led program to study the chicken genome for potential improvements for breeding, the company said today.

The Quebec-based firm said that it will provide the USDA and its partners in an international consortium with high-throughput genotyping, bioinformatic analysis, and database development services.

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