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Perlegen, International Rice Research Institute to Conduct Whole-Genome Rice Variation Study

NEW YORK, Nov. 17 (GenomeWeb News) - Perlegen Sciences and the International Rice Research Institute will collaborate on a rice-genome variation study utilizing 15 types of the food crop, the organizations said today.


Perlegen plans to use Affymetrix' GeneChip technology for whole-genome SNP analyses of the 15 varieties, using as references the rice genome sequences produced by the International Rice Genome Sequencing Project and the Beijing Genomics Institute, the statement said.


The research aims to reveal the genetic basis for important agricultural traits, and may result in hardier, more productive strains of rice, the statement added.

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