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US Genomics Wins $500K NSF Grant to Develop DNA Barcode Technology

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 (GenomeWeb News) - US Genomics has received a $500,000 Phase II-B SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a molecular barcode technology, the company said today.


USGenomics plans to use the grant to develop and commercialize its Substance Identification and Quantitation Using Molecular Barcodes technology, which uses DNA to analyze numerous substances in complex mixtures.


The company first obtained the Phase II grant in 2003, using it to enhance its DNA-mapping platform and to invent the barcode technology.

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