NEW YORK, June 27 - MWG Biotech and Genedata, in collaboration with academic groups from the University of W rzburg, Germany, and MIT, have sequenced and annotated the genome of Helicobacter hepaticus, the two companies said today.
An analysis of the sequence was published in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. MWG provided its sequencing technology, while Genedata used its automated functional annotation technologies.
The bacterium causes chronic hepatitis and liver cancer in mice. The researchers hope the genome sequence will help them understand the mechanism by which the bacterium -- which is closely related to Helicobacter pylori, which causes disease in humans -- leads to cancer in mice.