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Illumina, Johns Hopkins Gene Lab Pen SNP Partnership

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 8 - Illumina has signed an agreement with Johns Hopkins Medical University's Institute of Genetic Medicine to provide SNP genotyping services for a collection of samples provided by the Institute, the company said on Tuesday.


Terms of the agreement call for Illumina to use its BeadArray technology to score the frequency of specified SNPs in the set of undisclosed samples. The company, which is scheduled to present this afternoon at the 20th annual JPMorgan H&Q Healthcare Conference here, will also design functional assays for most of the SNP loci.


Financial details about the agreement were not disclosed.

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