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Taking its first step in the burgeoning animal traceability market, Orchid Biosciences announced that it will help one of Canada’s largest pork distributors genotype its sows.

For Toronto-based Maple Leaf Foods, the agreement will enable it to prove the origin of its pork to its most finicky customers, and lay the groundwork for a system that might one day help its farmers fine-tune their breeding and keep tabs on porcine diseases.

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