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ZyGem Partners with Diagnotec to Detect Salmon Farm Killer

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – ZyGem said today that it has partnered with the animal-focused molecular diagnostics company Diagnotec to help detect a deadly fish virus that can endanger salmon farms.

Diagnotec will use ZyGem’s DNA detection technology in its products and services for the infectious pancreatic necrosis virus (IPNV) for the salmon industry in Chile.

IPNV is highly contagious but is relatively rare among wild fish. The growth of large-scale fish farming has increased in Chile, Norway, and Scotland, the company said, and that could spill over into wild fish populations.

“As demands on the global food industry rise, innovative approaches to maintaining the health and productivity of food stock species are growing in importance,” ZyGem CEO Paul Kinnon said in a statement.

Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

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