NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – VHLGenetics today announced an agreement with Labocor to market VHLGenetics' products in Spain.

The deal is part of VHLGenetics' strategy to expand the geographic footprint for its DNA testing services, the Wageningen, Netherlands-based company said. VHLGenetics provides genetic tests for animals and plants, including tests for genetic diseases and genetic characteristics, as well as for determining kinship, parentage, and identity. It also offers DNA testing for detecting microorganisms.

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