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Illumina Nears End of Poultry Genotyping Project for Aviagen

NEW YORK, Nov. 16 (GenomeWeb News) - Illumina is nearly done with the second phase of the project with Aviagen to genotype broiler chicken DNA samples, Illumina said today.


Illumina genotyped a panel of 3,072 SNPs during the first phase of the project, completed during the third quarter. The second phase genotyped another set of 3,072 markers against the same 2,000 samples used in the original phase.


Following data analysis, Aviagen will develop a custom panel of 1,536 broiler chicken SNPs and validate these markers against a new set of 2,000 samples, Illumina said.


Illumina is using its Sentrix Arrays and the GoldenGate assay for this study. The study is part of a genomics initiative by Aviagen to generate information for selective breeding of broiler chickens. Aviagen is also evaluating development of a similar panel to genotype turkeys.

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