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Open Biosystems Will Distribute Livermore s Clone Collections

NEW YORK, Sept. 3-The reagent company Open Biosystems said today that it would distribute two major sets of gene clones housed by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

The agreement covers two libraries organized by Livermore's IMAGE Consortium, which has compiled a collection of more than 5.5 million gene clones from six vertebrates. Open Biosystems will distribute the Mammalian Gene Collection, which includes both human and mouse cDNA clones, and the Cancer Genome Anatomy Program ESTs, which are generated from normal and tumor tissue.


Following the rules of the IMAGE Consortium, the clones will be made available without restrictions or royalties.


Open Biosystems will also provide sales, marketing and technical support. The partners did not reveal the financial details of the agreement.


Open Biosystems is based in Huntsville, Ala.