BERKELEY, Calif.--The University of California here and Novartis Agricultural Discovery Institute, based in LaJolla, Calif., last month announced what they called a "precedent-setting collaboration between industry and academia" that will expand bioinformatics opportunities for Berkeley scientists. The arrangement will also cover such other areas of genomics as the construction of gene libraries, sequencing, and mapping.

The collaboration is aimed at accelerating the pace of discovery and product commercialization in the areas of agriculture and nutrition.

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