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Transgenomic, Max-Planck Union Aims for Affordable Large-Scale Genetic-Variability Studies

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 - Transgenomic on Thursday said that it has begun a partnership with the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics to develop a high-throughput system to discover genetic variation.


The partners hope that their multiyear collaboration, funded by the German National Genome Research Network, will create a system that will permit large-scale studies of genetic variability at a reasonable cost.


The research will be conducted in the labs of Max Planck's Hans Lehrach, who heads the institute's department of vertebrate genomics. That group, which is involved in a comprehensive project to isolate and identify the genes of the vertebrate genome, now focuses on model organism genomes as well as human chromosomes X and 21, and the genetics of Huntington's chorea.


Transgenomic, based in Omaha, Neb., develops and sells DNA and RNA analysis instruments. Its Wave system identifies DNA mutations using micro-beads and a DNA separation column.