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Myriad Helps DuPont AgBio Unit Build a Better Seed

NEW YORK, April 3 - Myriad Genetics said today that it was tapped by DuPont to help the chemical giant's agbio division build a better seed.

Myriad will get $24 million over two years to apply its genomic-sequencing technology and bioinformatics experience to collect and deliver certain molecular-genetic information to the unit, Pioneer.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

The division, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, develops and sells plant genetics, crop-protection services, and other crop systems to customers in nearly 70 countries, it said.

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