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Orion Genomics Extends Subcontract for Tobacco Genome Initiative

This story has been updated from a previous version to include a comment from Orion Genomics.

 

NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (GenomeWeb News) - Orion Genomics has extended a subcontract with North CarolinaStateUniversityto sequence parts of the tobacco genome, doubling its payment as a result.

 

Under the extended agreement, the Tobacco Genome Initiative, led by NCSU investigators, will use Orion's GeneThresher technology to develop an overall map of the tobacco genome. In an initial phase, the initiative had evaluated several gene discovery methodologies, including Orion's.

 

Nathan Lakey, CEO of Orion Genomics, declined to reveal how much money the company will receive under the contract. The Tobacco Genome Initiative is funded with $17.6 million in total from Philip Morris USA.

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