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Orchid Renews Scrapie Genotyping Contract with UK Government

NEW YORK, June 17 (GenomeWeb News) - The UK government has renewed Orchid Biosciences' contract for scrapie genotyping of sheep for two more years, the company said today.


Under the agreement, Orchid Biosciences Europe, formerly Cellmark Diagnostics, will continue to offer genotyping services to UK sheep farmers under the UK's National Scrapie Plan.


Orchid has tested nearly one million sheep for their genetic susceptibility to scrapie since 2001 under the program. The goal is to select those sheep with a low susceptibility for breeding in order to eliminate scrapie, a brain disease similar to BSE in cattle.

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