This article was originally published Dec. 7.

The International Cooperation to Sequence the Atlantic Salmon Genome said this week that it has awarded Beckman Coulter Genomics — formerly Agencourt Bioscience and Cogenics — a $6 million contract to complete the first phase of a project to sequence the salmon genome.

The contract is the first of multiple phases to produce a complete genome that can act as a reference genome for all salmonid species. Phase one is set to be completed and made public by early 2011.

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