NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Horizon Discovery Group today announced a worldwide co-exclusive distribution agreement with Haplogen Genomics.

The deal provides Horizon access to a high-throughput, affordable cell line engineering service. Haplogen's experience with haploid cell lines and a highly optimized production pipeline allows knockouts for non-essential genes to be generated at hundreds of new isogenic cell lines each month, Horizon said.

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