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Affymetrix, BGI Sign Ag-Bio Microarray Pact

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Affymetrix said today that it has inked a memorandum of understanding with China's BGI to co-develop and co-market new microarrays aimed at the agriculture and livestock research markets.

Under the non-exclusive collaboration, the companies will use BGI's catalog of sequence data and bioinformatics analysis capabilities to develop genotyping arrays for crop and livestock genomes.

The partners said that the arrays will be useful for studies of marker-assisted trait selection, and for parentage, quality control, and traceability applications.

The content for the arrays will be based on genomic markers identified under BGI's 1000 Plant and Animal Reference Genomes Project, which the genome institute initiated in 2010.