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TIGM Concludes First Round of OmniBank Mouse Knockout Library Installation

NEW YORK, June 14 (GenomeWeb News) - The Texas Institute for Genomic Medicine said today that it has completed the first installation of Lexicon Genetics' OmniBank II library of mouse gene knockouts at its facilities in Houston and College Station.


TIGM also said that it will begin constructing a new building next week in College Station to house the library. Lexicon announced the deal to create the library, worth $35 million, in July 2005.


The initial library installation contains more than 90,000 clones, each representing an embryonic stem cell line in which a single gene has been knocked out, TIGM said.


The next installation is expected to be completed in December. When the entire library is completed, in 2008, the it is expected to house 350,000 mouse embryonic stem cell clones, according to the institute.

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