This article has been updated from a version posted January 13 to include additional comments from TraitGenetics and the USDA.

By Justin Petrone

Illumina this quarter plans to expand its ag-bio play by launching a maize genotyping chip — its first crop-themed array — and a low-density, 3,000-marker bovine panel for use in cattle breeding.

Illumina researchers discussed the new chips at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference, held in San Diego week.

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