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Pennsylvania College Wins LI-COR Sequencer

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (GenomeWeb News) - LI-COR Biosciences of Lincoln, Neb., has awarded a DNA Analyzer sequencer to Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Penn., the company said today.

The college won the sequencer, analysis software, and training - an award valued at $71,000 - in an annual competition LI-COR sponsors "to encourage hands-on training in molecular biology for students." Colleges in the US and Canada competed for the award by submitting essays on how a LI-COR system would enhance their undergraduate curriculums, the company said.

"The first week the LI-COR is in the lab, a student will be using it as part of an ongoing study of mosquitoes and human disease," said Marten Edwards, assistant professor of biology at Muhlenberg College. Students will use the system to sequence the green fluorescent protein gene and analyze it using bioinformatics software, Edwards said.

Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota was last year's award recipient.

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