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Illumina to Develop Bovine BeadChip, Plans to Market It in Early 2007

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Illumina today said it plans to develop a new multi-sample bovine BeadChip and sell it early next year.
SNP content will be developed with scientists at the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the University of Alberta.
The content will use data from the draft sequence of the cow genome and recent genome assembly done at the Baylor College of Medicine. The partners will use the SNP markers to map quantitative trait loci and to selectively breed cattle, Illumina said.
Illumina plans to offer the bovine BeadChip as a new product in early 2007 as a standard catalog array after it analyzes the initial batch of samples.
The researchers will select the SNPs after using Illumina’s Infinium assay to genotype more than 10,000 cattle samples representing at least 10 different breeds, Illumina said.
Financial details were not disclosed.