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Orchid Pens Deal to Provide Genotyping Services to Livestock Breeder PIC

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. 

"After evaluating several advanced genetic analysis technologies, we selected Orchid's SNP-IT-based genotyping to enhance our marker assisted selection program with an accurate, cost-effective service," Alan Mileham, molecular biology research manager of PIC, said in a statement.

Orchid will conduct SNP-scoring services for PIC using its SNPstream 25K system.

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