NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Transgenomic yesterday said that it has signed a licensing option agreement with Gene Solutions for a set of validated mutations that can form the basis of a diagnostic test for Parkinson's disease.

Under the agreement, the companies will evaluate the ability of Transgenomic's mitochondrial mutation-detection technology to detect and quantify the presence of the mutations – low-level mitochondrial DNA, or mtDNA, variants that have been shown to be present in Parkinson's disease patients but rarely in age-matched control individuals.

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