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Genaissance Teams with Monsanto, USDA to Map Soybean SNPs

NEW YORK, March 9 (GenomeWeb News) - Genaissance Pharmaceuticals is teaming up with Monsanto and the US Department of Agriculture to map the genome of the soybean plant, in an effort to provide soybean producers with better plant breeding research, Genaissance announced today.

The trio will map and provide plant breeders and geneticists with SNP and single sequence repeat markers in soybeans. The data culled from the effort will be published in USDA's SoyBase, NCBI's dbSNP, and various scientific journals.

According to the agreement, Genaissance will map the soy SNPs, while Monsanto will bankroll the project. The SNP markers to be mapped were provided from the USDA through its main research arm, the Agricultural Research Service.

Genaissance signed up with the USDA for two additional genotyping studies concerning sheep and cattle in October 2004. The company said that the soybean project is part of its extended effort to target the public sector.

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