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Orion Genomics, NC State Get $1.6M From USDA to Sequence Parasitic Nematode

NEW YORK, Dec. 8 (GenomeWeb News) - Orion Genomics and researchers from North Carolina State University have received $1.59 million from the US Department of Agriculture to sequence the genome of parasitic nematode worms.

The firm said that the root knot nematode was chosen for sequencing, out of an estimated 100,000 to 1 million species of nematodes, because they are the major pathogens of vegetables throughout the world.

According to Orion, the root knot nematode is the most common and destructive of plant parasitic nematodes and account for an estimated $100 billion annual loss worldwide in crops including rice, potato, cereal grains, soybeans, and others.

 

Orion's technologies are used to detect normal and abnormal epigenetic patterns of genes and genomes and are applied to agricultural research and molecular diagnostics.

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