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International Rice Research Institute to Obtain Rice Genome Data

NEW YORK, Jan 29 – Syngenta and Myriad Genetics agreed on Monday to share their recently-completed map of the rice genome with the International Rice Research Institute, according to a Reuters report.

The collaboration makes good on Syngenta’s promise to collaborate free-of-charge with private research institutes, particularly in developing countries. The IRRI is based in Los Baños, Phillippines.

“We have established a collaboration access program that will bring in scientists from wherever they may be to work with us to access not only our DNA sequence information but [also] our extensive genomics tool set,” said Steven Briggs, head of genomics at Syngenta, at a press teleconference on Friday.

Briggs added that Syngenta would charge no fees to research institute, and would “bear all the costs of the research at the institute ourselves.” If the collaborator developed a commercial product as a result of the joint research, Briggs said Syngenta would expect to share in the proceeds.

IRRI was created in 1960 with funds from the Ford Rockefeller Foundation, and now employs over a thousand research and support staff. In the mid 1960s, IRRI developed the first semidwarf breeding lines for rice, a high yield grain that was rapidly adopted in Asia.
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