NEW YORK, Aug 2 - Orchid BioSciences said Thursday it would provide SNP genotyping services to PIC International Group, a livestock breeding company based in Berkeley, Calif.

Orchid of Princeton, NJ, did not disclose the financial terms of the deal.

PIC uses SNPs to determine which animals carry the best genetic makeup for ensuring improved litter size, meat quality, and disease resistance. Over the past 10 years, it has identified 11 markers to assist in the breeding of better animals. 

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