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GeneArt Signs $6.5M Contract to Design Mammalian Gene Library for NCI

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Gene synthesis firm GeneArt will generate 2,000 to 3,000 genes and gene variants for the National Cancer Institute, under a contract worth as much as $6.5 million, the company said today.
 
The contract was assigned by SAIC-Frederick through the National Institutes of Health's Mammalian Gene Collection Program, which aims to create a cDNA library that includes a full-length clone of each known human and mouse gene.
 
GeneArt said it will synthesize up to 3,000 genes and 3,000 gene variants for the library over the next eight to 10 months. This set comprises genes that “could not be obtained at all or only at significant higher cost” via conventional methods such as cDNA libraries or RT-PCR, the company said.

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