NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – SenzaGen announced today that it has partnered with AstraZeneca to develop a genomic test to differentiate respiratory allergens from irritants to help with drug discovery.

The companies will use SenzaGen's genomic allergen rapid detection platform called GARD, which measures genetic biomarkers of immune reactions to predict risk of hypersensitivity, and AstraZeneca's inhaled substance libraries to develop a genomic signature that can be used to identify molecules that cause respiratory tract irritancy.

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