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DNA Genotek, BioServe Contributing Technologies to Ethiopian Research into Craniofacial Anomalies

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – DNA Genotek and BioServe Biotechnologies announced today their participation in a genomic study into craniofacial anomalies in Ethiopia.

Through the DNA Genotek Helping Hands Program, the company will provide Oragene DNA kits for collecting DNA from saliva from participants in the study, which will focus on the genetic and environmental causes of craniofacial anomalies, such as cleft lip and palette. The ultimate aim of the study is to find ways to prevent such anomalies.

BioServe is providing DNA extraction services as part of its corporate philanthropy program.

The study is led by principal investigator Mekonen Eshete of Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Collaborators include Peter Mossey, a professor of craniofacial development and associate dean for research at the University of Dundee, and Azeez Butali, a dental scientist at the University of Iowa.

DNA Genotek is a subsidiary of OraSure Technologies.