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Monsanto Opts for MetaMorphix SNP Platform in Pork Quality Improvement Program

NEW YORK, June 8 (GenomeWeb News) - Monsanto will use SNP-mapping technology from MetaMorphix to select beneficial genetic traits for its marker-assisted pork improvement program, the companies said today.


Monsanto said it will use MetaMorphix' platform to identify locations of the genome responsible for several economically important traits in pork, including those associated with meat quality, health, reproduction, and production.


Monsanto Choice Genetics, a division of Monsanto focused on pork genetics, will carry out the study. MetaMorphix will provide the company with an exclusive royalty-bearing license to its porcine Genius Whole Genome System, which includes a map of around 600,000 SNPs, along with consulting and support services.


Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


MetaMorphix -- which acquired Celera's animal genomics business in 2002 -- announced yesterday that it had completed a beef cattle genotyping study in collaboration with Cargill.

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