BOSTON, Oct. 3 - Peoples Genetics has won a $2 million grant from the US Department of Commerce's Advanced Technology Program, a company scientist told GenomeWeb today.
The scientist, Aoy Tomita, said the company will use the money to continue developing its constant denaturant capillary electrophoresis technology, a high-resolution process that separates mutant from non-mutant DNA molecules.
Peoples Genetics, based in Woburn, Mass., is developing the technology to locate disease-causing gene mutations from extraordinarily large populations. In early September the company released a first-generation automated version of the tool.
The tools, co-developed with SpectruMedix, of State College, Penn., allow researchers to analyze the equivalent of 2 million individuals' genes per year.