Nanogen has licensed a number of international patents for non-coding DNA analysis from Genetic Technologies of Melbourne, Australia. These non-coding regions have often been referred to as “junk DNA,” but Nanogen is obtaining these licenses because it believes that these regions are potentially very useful.

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