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EPA Hires Expression Analysis for ToxCast Program

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Expression Analysis yesterday said that the Environmental Protection Agency has hired it to provide gene-expression and genotyping services for the Agency’s ToxCast program.
 
Under the contract, Expression Analysis will use microarrays from Affymetrix, Illumina, and Applied Biosystems to support the program, which intends to study more than 300 “chemicals of concern” for environmental and human toxicity.
 
CEO Steve McPhail said recent agreements with tool companies and the expansion of its facilities in Durham, NC, “allowed us to present the EPA with an attractive suite and continuum of genomic services.”
 
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

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