NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Divergence, a St. Louis-based biotech firm developing agricultural genomic products, has received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue research into biotech traits for lesion nematode control in crops, such as corn.

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With the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), genomes sequencing has been democratized over the last decades with the detection of genomic alterations, thus replacing Sanger sequencing.