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NHGRI Awards OriGene SBIR Grant to Clone 400 Large Genes

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (GenomeWeb News) - The US National Institutes of Health National Human Genome Research Institute awarded OriGene Technologies a phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant to isolate 400 very large full-length genes for addition to its TrueClone collection, the company said today in a statement.

 

Proteins encoded by large transcripts play important roles in cell-cell interaction, signal transduction, intracellular transportation, structural organization and regulation of nucleotide and protein metabolism, said Zairen Sun, OriGene vice president of molecular biology. Positioning cloning also indicated that genes associated with various genetic diseases tend to encode large proteins, "such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 for breast cancer," he added.

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