NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Mars Petcare said this week that it has acquired OptiGen, a DNA diagnostics company specializing in canine inherited disorders, for an undisclosed amount. Included in the acquisition are exclusive licenses to a portfolio of genetic disease tests patented in the US, Australia, and many countries in Europe, and an extensive biobank of more than 150,000 samples collected over 20 years representing various canine eye diseases. Moving forward these samples will be used to discover new genetic health markers for dogs, Mars Petcare said.

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