NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Li-Cor Biosciences has pledged to give $1.75 million in matching funds to help colleges purchase its DNA analysis systems for use by undergraduate students, the Lincoln, Neb.-based company said today.

The Genomics Education Matching Funds program is aimed at helping qualifying colleges pay for the company’s 4300 DNA Analysis System by providing up to 60 percent of the funding.

Li-Cor said that its DNA analysis systems are used in academic labs for sequencing, microsatellite analysis, SNP discovery, and reverse genetics research.

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