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OGT, Sanger to Co-develop Prenatal Microarray for Genetic Disorders

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Oxford Gene Technology and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute will work together to develop a microarray to test for prenatal genetic defects, OGT said today.
The organizations will co-develop a commercial diagnostic that is expected to be faster and more cost-effective than current prenatal testing methods.
Under the agreement, OGT will use its ink jet in-situ synthesis platform to make a 60-mer oligonucleotide microarray, while Sanger will contribute clinical knowledge in targeting “the most appropriate syndromes,” OGT said.
OGT’s R&D director, John Anson, said the company is developing numerous products for array comparative genomic hybridization applications that will, with Sanger’s contribution, be used to develop and validate an array “with greater resolution and reproducibility.”

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