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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Second Genome today announced it has entered into a research alliance with the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) Microbiome Institute at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland.

The partners said they will develop therapies to prevent and treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) based on the role of the microbiome. To do so, they will analyze data from patients to find new opportunities for treatment. Second Genome has developed a drug discovery platform that integrates microbiome and host biology, the firm said.

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